Written in a lively and readable Spanish, Las culturas y civilizaciones latinoamericas is appropriate for intermediate and advanced students. The footnotes for uncommon words and key terms are abundant and helpful. The glossary and vocabulary list at the end of the book is truly outstanding for its multitude of concise definitions, many of which would serve students well in a Latin American literature survey course. . . For the student who has thoroughly read Las culturas y civilizaciones latinoamericas and given serious consideration to its questions for debate, thinking independently about Latin American culture and civilization should be second nature.