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 syndicated foreign affairs columnist with The Miami Herald. His column, The Oppenheimer Report, appears twice a week in The Miami Herald and more than 60 U.S. and foreign newspapers, including El País, of Spain, La Nacion, of Argentina, and Reforma, of Mexico. He also anchors his own Spanish-language television show, “Oppenheimer Presenta,” which airs in CNN en Español in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

He is the co-winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize as a member of The Miami Herald team that uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal. Andrés Oppenheimer won the Inter-American Press Association Award twice (1989 and 1994), and the 1997 award of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is the winner of the 1993 Ortega y Gasset Award of Spain’s daily El País and the 1998 Maria Moors Cabot Award of Columbia University.


In his latest work “Sálvese quien pueda”,he analyzes the future of work in the era of automation, facing a phenomenon that will radically transform society. In other of his most recent works “Innovate or Die”, Andres Oppenheimer reveals the keys to success in the twenty-first century, in which innovation and creativity are the pillars of progress.


His book «Basta de Historias! La obsesión latinoamericana con el pasado y las 12 claves del futuro» is about his recent trips to India, China, Singapore, Finland and other countries that are making great progress in education, science and technology, and a comparison with what is happening in Mexico, Argentina, etc.

His book, «Ojos Vendados: Estados Unidos y el Negocio de la Corrupcion en America Latina» (Editorial Sudamericana, Buenos Aires, 2001; and Plaza & Janes, Mexico, 2001), 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.

Oppenheimer’s «Saving the Americas: Latin America’s dangerous decline, and what the United States must do» was described by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso as a “must-read.” Costa Rica President Oscar Arias called it “a landmark work” and “an engaging study that politicians, academics, journalists and other leaders will be citing for years to come.”

He 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 and 2008.

The future of work in the era of automation.

The keys for success in 21st century.

The World we live in ... and the one that comes?.

The challenges of Latin America in the era of Innovation.

Create or Die: an impulse for innovate.

Innovate or Die!.

With a surprising optimism about the future of Latin America, Andres Oppenheimer reveals in this book the keys to success in the twenty-first century, in which innovation and creativity are the pillars of progress.

What should we do, as individuals and countries, to be more creative and thrive in the innovation economy? What should countries do to produce world-class innovators like Steve Jobs?

To explore these questions, award-winning journalist Andres Oppenheimer went to Silicon Valley and other top innovation centers, and interviewed some of the world's most successful innovators.

Among others, Oppenheimer tells the story of Pep Guardiola, the coach who led Barcelona's soccer team to its most glorious seasons; chef Gaston Acurio, who transformed Peruvian food into an engine of economic growth for his country; Bre Pettis, the U.S. entrepreneur who revolutionized the 3D printing industry; Salman Khan, the American teacher who created the ground-breaking Khan Academy free online education website, and Sir Richard Branson, the British music and airline tycoon whose Virgin Galactic company is venturing into the space tourism industry.

From these personal stories, with his usual clarity and insightful style, Oppenheimer arrives at a series of specific conclusions on how to succeed in the knowledge economy and trigger a new wave of innovation across the world.

Innovate or Die!.

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