Andres Oppenheimer

Pulitzer Prize winner

International authority in Latin-American growth and in Global economy.

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Andrés Oppenheimer is the Latin American editor and foreign affairs columnist for The Miami Herald syndicated column. His report appears two times in a week in The Miami Herald and more than other 40 U.S. and Latin American newspapers. Andrés Oppenheimer is the 1987 co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize as a member of The Miami Herald team that uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal.

Andrés Oppenheimer won the Inter-American Press Association in two occasions (1989 and 1994). He awarded with a large number of prices: the 1997 award of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; the 1993 Ortega y Gasset Award of Spain′s daily El País; the 1998 Maria Moors Cabot Award of Columbia University; the 2001 King of Spain Award given out by the Spanish news agency EFE and King Juan Carlos I of Spain; and an Overseas Press Club Award in 2002.

Andrés Oppenheimer ′s first book, “Castro′s Final Hour: An eyewitness account of the disintegration of Castro′s Cuba” was described by Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, as “a spectacular job of reporting, investigating and observing,” and by The Dallas Morning News as “the definitive book on Cuba in the past decade.” His second book, “Bordering on Chaos” was described by Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” as “A fascinating account of political and financial corruption in Mexico,” and was selected by The Los Angeles Times′ Book Review as one of the “best books” of that year. Andrés Oppenheimer ‘s fourth book, “Ojos Vendados: Estados Unidos y el Negocio de la Corrupción en América Latina“, on the role of U.S. corporations in recent Latin American corruption scandals, topped Argentina′s list of best-sellers in May, 2001, and was on the best-sellers′ list in Mexico and several other Latin American countries in 2001 and 2002.

Andrés Oppenheimer was selected by the Forbes Media Guide as one of the “500 most important journalists” of the United States in 1993, and by Poder magazine as one of the “100 most powerful people” in Latin America in 2002.

Andrés Oppenheimer born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied law for four years at the University of Buenos Aires′ Law School, and he obtained a Master′s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York in 1978.

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Saving the Americas: The Dangerous Decline of Latin America and What The U.S. Must Do

As an acknowledged expert on Latin America, Oppenheimer uses his experience and reporting skills to show how this region is becoming increasingly less important on the world stage, and the resulting negative effects on the lives of Americans. “This book began as a message to Latin Americans about the decline of their region into global irrelevance. But it soon became clear to me that what I was learning was equally
important to people in the United States,” says Oppenheimer. “Though less apparent to most Americans —and less costly— than its blunders elsewhere in the world, the Bush Administration was making major mistakes in Latin America, among other things by declaring the region a major U.S. priority while ignoring it almost entirely, and reflexively pushing free trade as if that alone would ensure hemispheric prosperity.”

Oppenheimer traveled to China, India, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland and more than a dozen Latin American countries to see first-hand what is pushing some nations ahead and others back. And in his characteristic style – mixing travel anecdotes, humor and political analysis – he came to surprising conclusion: that despite its current troubles, Latin America can rise from economic and political obscurity, to become a booming market and an influential player in world affairs.

Saving the Americas: The Dangerous Decline of Latin America and What The U.S. Must Do

Castro′s Final Hour: An eyewitness account of the disintegration of Castro′s Cuba

Reported from inside Cuba by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Andres Oppenheimer, Castro's Final Hour chronicles the dramatic events that have crippled the more-than-three-decades-old Marxist regime of Fidel Castro. From the execution of the country's most celebrated Army general in 1989 to the devastating effects of the loss of all Soviet aid, the picture Oppenheimer paints is extraordinarily detailed and engrossing, revealing a country on the brink of disaster. He uncovers Castro's never-before reported efforts to radicalize Noriega's regime in Panama, the failure of his "Zero Option" plan to restore economic stability without outside aid, and tells how, in a last ditch attempt to save the country from its dire slide, Castro's top aides pushed a plan to strip him of some of his powers. Including exclusive interviews with Soviet officials, Latin American leaders - including Daniel Ortega and Manuel Noriega - as well as the top echelon of current Cuban leadership and Fidel's dissident daughter, Alina, Castro's Final Hour is a compelling and intimate portrait of the Cuban leader, and an authoritative evaluation of what the future may hold for his country.

Castro′s Final Hour: An eyewitness account of the disintegration of Castro′s Cuba

Bordering on Chaos

Hailed for its gripping narrative, its insightful analysis, and its informed historical perspective, this book offers a "revealing look at the secret and powerful political society of Mexico, its breakup, and the fallout that we are witnessing today"

Bordering on Chaos