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General Information

Name:  Hal Weitzman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Hal lives and workes in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hal Weitzman is Executive Director of Intellectual Capital at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.Previousely, Hal Weitzman had been on the staff of the Financial Times since 2000, and was the Chicago and Midwest correspondent. He first joined as an editor on the FT's Op-ed desk, was named Americas News Editor in 2002, and was the newspaper's Andes correspondent from 2004 to 2007. He was based in Lima but travelled extensively, reporting from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Chile. As well as the FT, his reporting from the region also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, New Statesman, The Irish Times, The Australian and Jane's Foreign Report. Originally from Wales, he was educated at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; Oriel College, Oxford; and Leeds University.

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Titles At Your Library

Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering
ISBN: 0470481919

Wiley. 2012

The mistakes the United States has made in Latin America—and the high price it will pay for them

Could it be that for the first time in history, the United States needs Latin America more than the other way round? Since the early 1800s, the United States regarded the region as its “backyard,” but in the past decade South America’s leaders have increasingly snubbed US efforts to persuade them to adopt free-market economics and sign trade agreements. While Washington has been distracted by military campaigns elsewhere, rivals such as China, Russia, and Iran have expanded their clout in Latin America, and US influence in the region has fallen to a historic low—at the very time that the United States has become more dependent than ever on exporting to Latin America and importing its oil. Combining sharp wit and great storytelling with trenchant analysis, Hal Weitzman examines how America “lost the South” and argues that if the United States is to find a new role in a world of emerging superpowers, it must reengage with Latin America.

  • Charts the rise of resource nationalism—in which governments take increasing control of natural resources and squeeze multinational corporations—in South America and across the world
  • Illustrates analytical points with vivid stories—such as the disappearance of the Panama hat or the sweater Evo Morales wore throughout a world tour—and interviews with presidents, policymakers, and protesters
  • Written by a Financial Times journalist who formerly served as its Andes correspondent based in Lima, Peru

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