From The Latin American Review of Books, Gavin O'Toole reviews Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism by Roger Burbach, Michael Fox and Federico Fuentes (and more). Tom Hennigan reviews Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization by Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby. Did Chavez create Venezuela, or did Venezuela create Chavez? Alfredo Papadakis wonders. What will happen to Venezuela now that Hugo Chavez is dead? Brazil’s academic capitalism vs Venezuela’s populism: Latin America is beginning to fall into two distinct higher education camps. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on the political origins of populism in Latin America. Fight your way through mangrove swamps shoulder-to-shoulder with bearded guerrillas clad in the olive green of Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara — your mission: Topple 1950s Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

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