ABC-CLIO Presents an engaging and authoritative overview of major facets of Venezuela's culture and customs. Venezuela, one of the least-known countries in Latin America, is brilliantly spotlighted in Culture and Customs of Venezuela. This oil-rich nation sustained a stable democracy until the economic downturn in the 1980s, and changes in the social and political spheres will bring the country under increasing scrutiny from the outside world. Dinneen captures the sharp contrasts and immense variety of modern Venezuela. Students and interested readers will find engaging and authoritative overviews of the land, people, and history; religions; social customs; media; cinema; literature; performing arts; and art and architecture.
Book News A major reason that Venezuela is among the least known countries of Latin America, says Dinneen (Latin American literature and cultural history, U. of Southampton, England) is that the discovery and development of petroleum has enabled it to sustain a stable democratic government and strong and prosperous state, and so scholars see no urgent problems to grapple with and reporters see no dramatic violence to cover. After a chronology spanning 1498 to 2000, he discusses religion, social customs, broadcasting and print media, cinema, literature, performing arts, and art and architecture. He includes a glossary without pronunciation guides. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)