Peru: Architect of Progress

The Incas called their empire ta-huantinsuyu — the land of the four quar ters — with at least one good reason.

From the Pacific, Peru stretches across an arid coastal desert, rises into the icy Andean highlands, then plunges into the trackless Amazon jungle. Until recently, the country's torn and fractured political life reflected the old Indian name. Now, under the hand of a shrewd and popular new president, Fernando Belaunde Terry, 52, Peruvians have an opportunity to join the quarters into a united nation.

The prospect was hardly encouraging 18 months ago when Belaúnde took over after a bitterly fought...

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