This work was written by a Peruvian and reflects that nation’s preconceptions. Relying heavily upon Peruvian sources, it is an extremely parochial study.

The author divided the work into sections, each preceded by a rough chronology, covering various topics: the background to the war, the naval campaign, Prado’s fall from power, the loss of Tarapacá and Arica, the siege of Lima, the guerrilla war, and the negotiations that culminated in the Treaty of Ancón.

The documents selected tend to be unimaginative, and the source of this material is often unclear. The volume, however, is nicely illustrated with various photographs, some of which are quite rare.

Lecaros’s study is obviously oriented for a Peruvian audience and would not prove very valuable for scholars.