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The politics of the miraculous in Peru : Haya de la Torre and the spiritualist tradition /
Fredrick B. Pike.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1986.
xvi, 391 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
0803236727 (alk. paper)
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1986.
0803236727 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [295]-378.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-11:
The charismatic founder of Peru's Alianza Popular Revolucionario (APRA), Victor Raul Haya de la Torre was one of a handful of Latin America's most influential leaders of this century. Pike's pioneering study successfully traces the details of Haya's life, and the influence of APRA upon Peru and the whole of Latin America. The book is, however, much more than a biography and political study. Pike emphasizes Haya's interest in the paranormal and extrarational, traces the roots of the Peruvian leader's spiritualism, and explores the influence of his visionary ideas upon Aprismo. The subject is important and the author's treatment is thoughtful. On the other hand, the book is quite dense, and is really written for the specialist who already knows something about Haya and about Aprismo. Most undergraduates would find this work difficult, but it is the only biography in English of this important leader. An indispensable companion volume is Haya de la Torre's Aprismo; The Ideas and Doctrines of Victor Raul Haya de la Torre (CH, Oct '73). Recommended for university libraries and other libraries with strong Latin American collections.-S. Cresswell, West Virginia Wesleyan College
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