Reaction to this volume will undoubtedly vary according to the sophistication of the reading public. The beginning undergraduate and the layman who occasionally scan newspaper editorials may find the presentation useful. It distills and spoonfeeds to the reader salient data on Latin America; it helps dispel the myth of the area’s homogeneity; and it suggests to the uninitiated that the map can be a useful tool in grasping the essence of regional differentiation. In contrast, the professional Latin Americanist may find the offering short on illumination and long on frustration. Sixty maps, a mishmash of facts, and some loosely organized generalizations do not justify the book’s presumptuous title. The cartography is more distinguished by quantity than quality. Some of the maps are difficult to read, others so generalized as to be meaningless, and still others only incidentally correlated with the text. The professional competence of both Kingsbury and Schneider is too well established to be cast in doubt by this effort. The book’s shortcomings can probably be traced to other sources. One suspects that the publishers insisted on a hastily manufactured, low-priced product for the bargain basement trade. If so, they got precisely what they paid for.