At long last--and quite possibly far too late--we are being made aware of the crucial and ""almost insoluble"" problems in Central and South America. This book is a great help towards that awareness. Mr. Clark, author of Impatient Giant: Red China Today, has travelled ex- and intensively throughout the Latin countries; in his own words and those of countless individuals from all social levels whom he interviewed, he pictures the actual conditions, the certain dangers of Fidelismo, and the tragic conflicts involved in U.S. policies, past and present. As a Canadian he has, above and beyond his impressive personal objectivity, a detachment from those policies which is most fortunate; it means that he can be less angry than Carleton Beals' Latin America: World in Revolution (see p. 163) and still come to much the same conclusions in regard to the deep seriousness of the situation and the pitiful inadequacy of all present schemes, including the Alliance for Progress. He tells us that ""radical surgery, with all its obvious risks, is essential. This surgery involves U.S. intervention in every form; hidden if possible, overt or active if necessary"". The oligarchies, the dictators, the military pressures, and U.S. economic imperialism, all must go--through land reform and tax reform, probably by way of ""moderate socialism...as the only hope""--but somehow the misery of the people must be quickly alleviated. The alternative does not bear thinking about.