His biography on The Economist website states:
- Mike Reid joined The Economist in 1990 as Mexico and Central America Correspondent and in 1994 changed to cover consumer industries. In 1996 he moved to Sao Paulo to be the Bureau Chief and in 1999 returned to London as Americas Editor. Prior to this, he was based in Lima, Peru working for The Economist, The Guardian and the BBC. His book Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul was published by Yale University Press in November 2007.
Views and activities
Reid's book, Forgotten Continent, presents a history of Latin America which is critical of the "dependency theory analysts", suggesting that the best model for Latin America is a mixture of liberal democracy and neoliberal economics. It is highly critical of developments in Venezuela which are termed populist.
On 10 July 2006, BBC2 ran a series entitled "Lefties". Michael Reid was interviewed for the series, and in the program stated: "The idea was that there would be a revolution. One was always a little bit vague about exactly what form that might take in Britain, maybe a general strike or whatever. It sounds and it was wildly utopian."
- Michael Reid, Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul, Yale Univ. Press, Nov. 2007.