Author pens book exploring US relations with Latin America
Released on: October 1, 2007, 5:37 pm
Press Release Author: Kenneth D. MacHarg
Industry: International Trade
Press Release Summary: Political instability, leftist governments, environmental problems, poverty, corruption and open borders that allow drugs, terrorists and millions of immigrants into the United States are challenges from our nearest neighbor, Latin America. Events south of our border are affecting us daily and changing our society, yet, to our peril, we ignore this region at our doorstep. Now, Kenneth D. MacHarg writes in an easy-to-read, journalistic style about Latin America, its people, issues and opportunities. And, he helps us to understand the unique characteristics Latin American immigrants bring that are changing our culture.
Press Release Body: While presenting seminars on Latin America several years ago, author Kenneth D. MacHarg found what he called "an abysmal lack of knowledge and understanding about Latin America and a growing hostility and prejudice against Latin Americans settling in North America."
"In the light of 9/11 and preoccupation with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States has neglected its nearest neighbors, Latin Americans," Mr. MacHarg says. "As a result, festering conditions of poverty, a leftist resurgence among Latin American leaders, a growing drug trade, open borders and the violence spawned by gangs and narco-traffickers have encouraged the growing flow of immigrants, both legal and illegal, into North America," he explains.
As Mr. MacHarg points out in his book, From Rio to the Rio Grande, Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America, unless the U.S. helps to address the issues that are forcing so many to seek employment and a better way of life north of the Rio Grande river, we will continue to see an uncontrollable flow of migrants in spite of fences, walls and an increased militarization of the border.
In eight easy-to-read chapters, the author provides an introduction to current opportunities and challenges in Latin America and insights in to what we as a people and our government leaders can do about them. The book was written to awaken an interest among North Americans about our neighbors to the south and to alert us to the challenges facing us if we continue to ignore the people, nations and problems there.
Mr. MacHarg describes the situation of poverty and troubled economies in Latin America; the shift to the left in many recent presidential elections; the discouragement that Latin Americans have with democracy and the political process; the opportunities afforded by regional integration and free trade; the challenges posed by environmental problems and corruption; the frightening specter of increased drug trafficking across our porous border, the potential for the infiltration of terrorists along with immigrants; and the challenge to the United States to understand and integrate our new neighbors into our society.
From Rio to the Rio Grande has already attracted wide-spread interest. It has been purchased by university libraries and professors in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Wisconsin and Arkansas; by embassy personnel in Latin America, and by executives of such intergovernmental agencies as the International Development Bank and others.
And, it is bringing positive response from people who know and love Latin America. A former U.S. ambassador to Paraguay described the book as "An excellent sweep of key topical issues." In addition, a former State Department official wrote that it is "Very current....it has good depth on the key and troubling issues both hemispheric and between the U.S. and Latin America."
Mr. MacHarg is well-qualified to explore these issues that are crucial to our nation. He has lived in Panama, Ecuador and Costa Rica and has set foot in almost every Latin American country. The author of six previous books, he has written hundreds of articles about the region for newspapers and magazines. Most recently he was Professor of Mass Media and Communication at the Evangelical University of the Americas in San Josť, Costa Rica.
The author was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to the former Polly Ballantine of Absecon, New Jersey. In addition, he has lived in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Berea, Kentucky, Absecon, New Jersey, Jeffersonville, Indiana and Miami Shores, Florida. He and his wife now live in Carrollton, Georgia.
From Rio to the Rio Grande, Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America, (ISBN: 978-9-5882855-6-6) may be ordered through local book stores, or on line at www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/01969.htm. Credit card orders may be phoned to 800-247-6553. It is also available on line at www.amazon.com, www.booksamillion.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
Mr. MacHarg is available for interviews and speaking engagements. He may be contacted at 678-796-1601 or email@example.com.
Web Site: http://www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/01969.htm