This is a useful book which sketches the broad outlines of the history of Bolivian education. It is neither definitive nor an excellent start. The bibliography is only adequate. There are too many references to unrelated materials such as Hitler’s Mein Kampf and works by Carlyle, Toynbee, Le Bon, etc.

The author starts with the pre-Inca period (which somehow makes little sense) and carries it through to the Chaco War. The great changes of the last two decades are not sketched (they should have been). Style and organization are good. I repeat, it is a useful study. Much remains to be done.