This is a completely revised edition of a standard Latin American encyclopedia first published in 1958. Written by Latin Americans (its progenitor was noted Mexican Alfonso Reyes), the encyclopedia has 13,000 concise entries. A spot check of entries (among them "Brooklyn" and "Emile Zola") shows them to be instructive and well written, though some of the choices may be quirky. For instance, why Woody Allen but not Isabel Allende? There are 4500 attractive color illustrations pertinent to the text. The 138 pages of maps are grouped conveniently in Volume 14 following the final entries. The index takes up all of Volume 15; it seems complete and clear. The individual volumes are uniform in size and can be deftly handled, not an unimportant detail when dealing with an encyclopedia. This reference tool belongs in every type of library--school, public, and academic.--John P. Farrance Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.