"While a few English-language encyclopedias covering this region have been published since the 1970s, this work is certainly the most comprehensive and useful on this vital part of the world and includes distinctive entries not found in a random search of other reference sources. An outstanding encyclopedia that will serve a wide range of users from high school students to Latin American scholars, this is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
--Library Journal, September 1, 2008
"The 1996 edition of this work drew plaudits from critics everywhere and was an honorable mention for the Dartmouth Medal. This version adds 560 new entries, revises 900 others, updates 4,000 biographies, and includes essays on major regional themes like 'democracy' by Eduardo Posada-Carbo and 'race and ethnicity' by Nancy P. Applebaum.
--Library Journal, April 15, 2009
"The second edition of this major resource contains substantial additions, notably eight lengthy articles on major topics by prominent scholars, the addition of 568 new entries, and revision of many of the earlier entries and bibliographies. This is a superb resource, accessible to undergraduate students and the general reader."
--Booknews.com, August 2008