Jane’s, 2nd imp., 1985. 490 pp., photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 25 x 20cm. FINE. Although major wars between Latin American countries have been mercifully few – the war between Argentina and Britain in 1982 being perhaps the most famous to us – the respective armed forces play a major role in the lives of almost all the countries in the region. For the first time in any language, this book records not only the make-up of Latin America’s armies, navies and air forces and paramilitary forces but also analyses their histories and the geographic, economic and political factors which shape them. With over 300 photographs and sketch maps this volume is an indispensable reference source about this important but hitherto neglected region.