May 11, 2017

Book, Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change

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Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change
by Linda C. Farthing and Benjamin H. Kohl

In this compelling and comprehensive look at the rise of Evo Morales and Bolivia's Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), Linda Farthing and Benjamin Kohl offer a thoughtful evaluation of the transformations ushered in by the western hemisphere's first contemporary indigenous president. Accessible to all readers, Evo's Bolivia not only charts Evo's rise to power but also offers a history of and context for the MAS revolution's place in the rising "pink tide" of the political left. Farthing and Kohl examine the many social movements whose agendas have set the political climate in Bolivia and describe the difficult conditions the administration inherited. They evaluate the results of Evo's policies by examining a variety of measures, including poverty; health care and education reform; natural resources and development; and women's, indigenous, and minority rights. Weighing the positive with the negative, the authors offer a balanced assessment of the results and shortcomings of the first six years of the Morales administration.

At the heart of this book are the voices of Bolivians themselves. Farthing and Kohl interviewed women and men in government, in social movements, and on the streets throughout the country, and their diverse backgrounds and experiences offer a multidimensional view of the administration and its progress so far. Ultimately the "process of change" Evo promised is exactly that: an ongoing and complicated process, yet an important example of development in a globalized world.


Linda Farthing and Benjamin Kohl’s Evo’s Bolivia is magnificent. This eloquent and incisive book is testament not just to Kohl’s lifetime of writing and thinking about a country currently undergoing profound social transformation but also to his compassion and commitment as an engaged scholar. (Greg Grandin, Director, Graduate Studies in History, New York University, and finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in History)|This book is a sympathetic and quite personal commentary on Bolivia’s process of change. Combining their own in-depth knowledge with extended commentaries from Bolivians who have lived this process, Farthing and Kohl explore the challenges of building something radically new in a political economy hemmed in by its own past. Their account is subtle, human, and wonderfully accessible. It is a joy to read. Students will love this book. I loved it too. (Anthony Bebbington, Director, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University)

Publisher: University of Texas Press (May 1, 2014)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13:  978-0292758681
Available here.

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