A commonsense, background book on South America, where optimism is shadowed by realism. The author, Staff Correspondent on Latin American affairs for the Christian Science Monitor, gives his findings from seven years of some 110,000 miles of traveling the continent, from political matters to modern pioneering in terms of the geography and climate and opportunities. An intensive investigation, from first-hand field experience, this warns of danger from fascist dictator Vargas and his hold on Brazil, Argentina and her doubtful future, to the many other countries and the current trends in them. He gives a picture of how foreign interests affect South America; he shows the handicaps of poor soil, jungles, mountains, desert -- and how they retard progress. He indicates the gaps in transportation and communication, describes the continent from all points of the compass, from coast to interior, and evaluates the resources as affecting future development...For a bettering of knowledge, future policies, for friendship and security in the Western Hemisphere this underlines the foundations necessary for long range consistent democratic effort -- and what we can do about it. Thought provoking, solidly informative.