This is another pseudo-scholarly travel book with a page or more of historical introduction to each country or island visited. The author, a glib writer, visited the Caribbean around 1961-1962. His account covers Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. The Latin American expert can find much to quarrel about with the author. At the same time the book is better than the average travel account, and the historical part is acceptable and nicely summarized in easy language. The slaps at the United States are annoying, for he fails to come to grips with the true shortcomings of past and present American policies in the Carribbean and Central America. The chapter on Cuba also lacks depth, and the author’s predictions have not come true. The little marginal drawings are worthy of attention, and the author’s style is appealing.
Book Review| February 01 1964
Paradiese zwischen zwei Welten. Karibische Inseln und Länder
Paradiese zwischen zwei Welten. Karibische Inseln und Länder. By Mielche, Hakon.
München and Basel,
1962. . Pp.
Hispanic American Historical Review (1964) 44 (1): 115.
Charles W. Arnade; Paradiese zwischen zwei Welten. Karibische Inseln und Länder. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 1964; 44 (1): 115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-44.1.115a
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