Historians will welcome this convenient volume on Latin America’s most fascinating enigma, the secret meetings of Bolívar and San Martín at Guayaquil in July 1822. Especially commissioned by EUDEBA, the Paraguayan historian César Chaves has synthesized his own serious studies of relations between the two liberators while at the same time adding fuel to the polemic which has long raged around the authenticity of the letter of August 29, 1822 from San Martín to Bolívar.