This small volume is divided into eighteen chapters, plus a short introduction and an equally short conclusion. Some of the chapter headings will give an indication of style and emphasis: “Mexico: Communists, Tourists, and a Priest”; “Central America : From Banana Republics to Common Market—O. Henry’s Honduras”; “Panama Riots — The Canal — Playing Negro Against Latin”; “Cuba : The American Absence—The Horror Literature”; “Bolivia : The Two Cola Companies”; “Argentina: The Students—Why Argentines Love the French—The British Colony”; “Peru: Are the Latins Colour Blind?” and “The Guianas: Do the Colonial Powers Manage Better?”. Several chapters contain comments on wider areas than their headings indicate.

The author’s conclusions are based largely on a visit of nearly eight months in late 1965 and early 1966. He spent some time in all the independent countries except Ecuador, but very little in Haiti or Puerto Rico, and probably not much more in the Guianas. Although he praises the work of the Peace Corps and the oil men and the conduct of the U. S. ambassador in Chile, the tone of his narrative is largely critical of both the Gringos and the Latin Americans—even Uruguay’s renowned José Enrique Rodó! Perhaps it would not be a serious exaggeration if one should describe Richard West as a muckraker, for he seems to have been seeking the unsavory in business, government, and private life. He reveals almost a fondness for gossip, for the vulgar, the obscene, and the profane. “Exploitation” is one of his favorite words, often used when “development” would have been more appropriate. This reviewer can recommend The Gringo in Latin America only for the more mature specialists in the recent history of the Americas and in inter-American relations. Others might be misled as well as misinformed.