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Bolivia in Focus
A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture
Robert J. Werner

published 2009 • 5 ¾”x 8 5/8” • 124 pages • full-color photos • maps
ISBN 9781566562997 • paperback • $17.00

This land of colorful cultures and stunning landscapes offers the curious visitor and student an unending stream of extraordinary things. From a fantastic archeological record to llama fetuses in the Witch’s Market, from the coca story to the hemisphere’s first indigenous president, the history and cultures of Bolivia is an eye-opening experience.

But behind its breathtaking scenery and welcoming culture lies a more complex country facing serious political instability and environmental threat. Bolivia in Focus helps the traveler who aspires to be well-informed to understand the wider picture and build up an overall knowledge of the country. It also gives the reader a thought-provoking introduction to the sources of tension in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, and the people’s struggle for social justice that has been missing since the arrival of colonialism five hundred years ago.

Bolivia in Focus is an authoritative and up-to-date guide to this captivating country.  It explores the land and people, history, economy, politics, society, culture and religion, and includes the author’s tips on must-see landmarks and historical sites and how to get the most out of a brief visit.

Dr. Robert Werner teaches geography at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His goal as a writer is to bring insight to places in the world by synthesizing academically informed knowledge with personal experience.

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"This compact text by Werner (geography, U. of St. Thomas) distills the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Bolivia for the traveler unfamiliar with the country. It describes the pre-contact societies of the region; provides a chronological narrative of Bolivia's post-independence political history from 1809 to the present; explores contemporary economic and social issues; and addresses cultural topics such as religion, carnival, and coca. It also briefly describes common tourist destinations, gives tips for travelers, offers a guide to further resources, and lists basic geographic and sociopolitical facts and figures."

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