HalWeitzman will be at After-Words books on February 16, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. givinga talk and signing copies of his book Latin Lessons: How South America StoppedListening to the United States and Started Prospering (Hardback,Wiley, $25.95). Wine receptionfollowing.
In recent years, the U.S. economyhas fallen on hard times, with persistently high unemployment, stagnant wages,and a fast-expanding national debt burden. At the same time, South America has been booming, with rapid economic growth, fallingjobless rates and decreasing indebtedness. In Latin Lessons: How SouthAmerica Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering,Financial Times reporter Hal Weitzman explains how,after many decades of destructive political and military interference anddisastrous economic and trade policies, many South American countries have hadenough of the American way of doing things. Thanks to demand from big emergingeconomies, which has caused commodity prices to surge and cash to flow in tothe continent, most South American governments have become increasingly“resource nationalistic” and have ramped up social spending to meet the needsof the poor and the indigenous, causing poverty levels to drop – at the sametime as poverty has been on the increase in the United States.
Combining sharp wit and great storytelling with trenchantanalysis, Hal Weitzman examines how America“lost the South” and argues that if the United States is to find a new role in a world of emergingsuperpowers, it must reengage with Latin America. Hal Weitzman explores the mistakes the United States has made in Latin America—and the high price it will pay for them.
Hal Weitzman has been on the staff of the Financial Times since2000, and is currently Chicago and Midwestbureau chief. He first joined as an editor on the FT’s Op-ed desk, wasnamed Americas News Editor in 2002, and was the newspaper’s Andesbureau chief from 2004 to 2007.He was based in Limabut traveled extensively, reporting from Peru,Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuelaand Chile.As well as the FT, his reporting from the region also appeared in the LosAngeles Times, The MiamiHerald, New Statesman, The Irish Times, The Australianand Jane’s Foreign Report. Originally from Wales, he was educated at the KennedySchool of Government at Harvard; OrielCollege, Oxford;and Leeds University.
We'll have some free copies of the Financial Times to distribute for early arrivals.
After-Words Books is located at 23 East Illinois Street in Chicago, IL.