List of maps and tables; Preface to the third edition; Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Part I. Understanding Latin American Politics: 1. The Latin American predicament; 2. The rules of the Latin American game; 3. Players - I; 4. Players - II; 5. The stakes in the game; Part II. The Political Games Played in Latin America: 6. Mexico: Whose game is it?; 7. Chile: democracy destroyed; 8. Venezuela: democracy preserved; 9. Brazil: populists, authoritarians, and democrats; 10. Argentina: populists, authoritarians, and democrats; 11. Cuba: a communist revolution; 12. Nicaragua: revolution the Sandinista way; Appendix; Index.