Making the Revolution is comprised of ten illuminating essays that tackle, from an original perspective, multifaceted expressions of the Latin American Left during the twentieth century. The collection spans both before and after the Cold War era's beginning and identifies continuities in how leftist forces have been able to articulate horizontal alliances and multiethnic mobilization and resistance, forcing us to think beyond traditional binary categories. Kevin Young's introduction explicitly unveils the book's objectives and highlights (sometimes with excessive emphasis) its main contributions. The book masterfully shows why Latin American leftists—including orthodox Marxists—cannot be merely portrayed as pioneers of avant-garde ideas that they sought to enforce. Instead, these activists have proven to be open to new ideas, engaging in a dynamic of interaction without subordination that included dialogue with non-Marxist ideologies, such as nationalism, feminism, and anarchism.

Particular weight is given to the...

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