Our wine is bitter, but it is ours.
This, the eighth Inside book, joins its predecessors like Inside U.S.A. and Inside Africa in a series designed to describe the known politicai world of today continent by continent. I have written about Latin America before but this new book, Inside South America, is a totally fresh work following a long, arduous, and comprehensive recent trip through the ten South American republics. It is not in any sense a revision or updating of the old book, Inside Latin America, which was published as long ago as 1941, and beare no relation to its predecessor except that it necessarily deals with ten of the same countries. But, although this new Inside South America has been written altogether from scratch, I pick up passages here and there from the older book and paraphrase a paragraph or two. After all I stili have to mention that Brazil is big.
The continent has changed vastly since my visit twenty-five years ago on the eve of American participation in World War II. In the early 1940's the principal preoccupation of hemisphere foreign policy was something that seems today as remote as Nebuchadnezzar—fear of Nazi invasion and Fascist overturn, actively directed by Germany. Today we have the threat of Communist agitation and the possibility of subvereion and indigenous over-turn, but Moscow is pursuing an official handsoff policy and China is far away. In the 1940's most of South America was frozen into a kínd of derelict immobility in domestic affaire, punctuated by sporadic "revolutions" which meant little but temporary shifts in politicai power; today nearly the entire