From reviews of the first edition:
"The best, most balanced picture of the [NAFTA] issue yet to appear.... Author William A. Orme, Jr. has covered Latin America as a journalist for 15 years, for the Economist and the Journal of Commerce as well as for the Washington Post.... He makes the case, firmly and clearly, that NAFTA isn't about a little cross-border turbulence at the very beginning; it's about the integration of yet another brawny adolescent economy into a growing world."
"[Orme] writes with wonderful clarity about the economic and political forces that produced the agreement."
—David S. Broder,Washington Post
"Orme understands that NAFTA is really about fundamentally changing Mexico's long-run economic future.... But as [he] correctly points out, very modest direct effects do not make NAFTA an unimportant agreement for the United States."
—Lester Thurow, author, The Zero Sum Society
Understanding NAFTA was first published in 1993 as Continental Shift: Free Trade & the New North America. This edition includes a new introduction that brings the NAFTA story up through 1995.