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The Pan-American "Huckleberry Finn" for the Twenty-first Century, a memoir of the young author's struggle with two realities, one Anglo-Saxon and the other Hispanic. In this picaresque "coming-of-age" memoir, we see a vision of North America's future in twenty-five years, when the Hispanic minority becomes the largest minority, and changes not only the demographics of America, but its culture. The author sweeps us along on a whirlwind of culture shock as he chronicles the adventures of a disgruntled industrial-age young man who feels a tribal and instinctual reluctance to accept the Third World's view of the US and its foreign policy. With Guatemala on the brink of war with Belice, before he can assimilate this alternative language, culture, and reality, along comes a new relationship and an earthquake that stops the war with the deaths of twenty two thousand people.