Colombia, the gateway to South America, has a rich diversity of peoples, climate and terrain. Although a long-standing democracy, since its independence from Spanish rule, this country's rival factions, class inequalities and strong regionalism have caused instability and almost ceaseless violent conflicts. With help from the United States, this war-weary nation, is working to eradicate the current challenges they face, such as a thriving illegal drug trade, lack of access to education and continual insurgencies against the government.
"The book details the country's climate, geography, agriculture, industry, daily life in both rural and urban areas, and arts and culture. The book features maps, black-and-white photographs, and special boxes...The book's final pages offer a set of facts-at-a-glance, a detailed chronology, an annotated bibliography including works for both children and adults, an annotated list of works consulted (including web sites), and an index."
-- Multi-Cultural Review (March 2001)
Price: US $32.10