In a comprehensive work, such as this, it is perhaps inevitable
that the author occasionally falls short of satisfying the various
specialists who have made meticulous studies of limited phases
of the subject. This is in reference to the meeting at Guayaquil,
which emerges as one of the most controversial topics in Hispanic-
American history today. Of such paramount importance did the
authors deem this subject that a special section is devoted to its
presentation. Senior Lecuna's objectivity concerning the meeting
seems dimmed by the mist of preconceived ideas. His contention
is that San Martin did not ask Bolivar for troops to complete the
campaign in Peru and that the Lafond letter of August 29, 1822,
which relates Bolivar's refusal to render San Martin aid, is de-
In treating this historical delicacy, Lecuna selects the docu-
ments which bulwark his well-known views and omits mention
of the Miller letter of 1827 and the Castilla letter of 1848, which
support the authenticity of the Lafond letter.
A list of the documents presented is given at the beginning of
each volume, thus enabling the reader to scan its contents rapidly.
A good index is a welcome accompaniment. In the opinion of
the reviewer, this is one of the few important books on Bolivar
to appear in recent years. Allowing for variations of opinion on
specific points, it is impossible to withhold tribute to the very
high quality of achievement which this book represents.
JAY MAX MAISEL
The Caribbean Commission: Background of Cooperation in the
West Indies. By Bernard L. Poole. Columbia (University
of South Carolina Press), 1951. Map, illustrations, appen-
dices, bibliography, and index. $5.50.
In the first three-quarters of this work, Dr. Poole has compiled
from various standard books many bits of useful reference infor-
mation about the West Indian territories of France, Britain, the
Netherlands, and the United States. In his final chapters, the
author tells how these four powers joined in the Caribbean Com-
mission. A bare outline of the development of this international
body is abstracted from the official records. Dr. Poole believes
that the Commission will serve to strengthen the influence of the
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