ecessible, unbiased, and up-to-date studies of Latin American countries are few and far between. This study, the first in a projected and needed series, combines comprehensiveness and readability with its pertinence. The principal emphasis is on backgrounds, political, economic and cultural, particularly in the 19th century. Yet the purpose is always to promote a better understanding today of ""The Crisis of Contemporary Argentina,"" and this end has been admirably served by its clear treatment of the salient points in the text itself, supported by a first-rate political chronology, ables on population, trade, finance, and standards of living, along with an annotated bibliography. In a small book, such as this is, no one could ask for more.