The publication of these four books by the Latin American Institute and the Political Information Section of the Academy of Sciences indicates, once again, the growing interest in the Latin American political and economic scene among the higher officials in the Soviet Union. It should come as no surprise that the first title under review would be the longest and most detailed production. It is divided into two sections which detail the links between the USSR and Latin America in general and the larger nations in particular. Then it discusses the relationships between each individual Warsaw Pact nation with Latin America in general. It devotes sixty pages on Cuban-Latin American economic collaboration which might be of special interest, and concludes with a twenty-page analysis of the prospects for future economic links. The work relies heavily on newspaper sources from both Latin America and the Soviet bloc.

The next book is somewhat more scholarly and depends more on published economic reports than on newspaper articles for its material on Latin American economic progress in the early seventies. It discusses the position of foreign capital, exchange rates, external trade, and regional economic integration before analyzing the specific situation in the major countries. The volume contains useful economic information without much theoretical interpretation.

The next book under review discusses the work produced on Latin American subjects in the Soviet Union’s five institutes (Latin America: World Economics, International Relations, Universal History, International Workers’ Movements, Geography), and in state universities in Moscow and Leningrad. It also includes a special section devoted to ethnography. The footnotes demonstrate the productivity of such institutes and although much of the work is concerned with political themes, some titles, such as “The Academic Expedition of G. I. Langsdorf in Brazil, 1821-1828,” indicate that the USSR does produce other work as well, particularly in ethnography. Unhappily, the vast majority of the titles (such as the one cited above) are in Russian as are the works under review and thus are inaccessible to most Latin Americanists. The final book, a general guide probably written for aspiring members of the political apparatus who need to know a smattering about Latin America from Argentina to the Virgin Islands, simply is not worth translating.