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PaperbackPocketpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Even anertas author disavows the book. He admitted he had little knowledge about what he was writing. It’s sad that anyone takes it seriously today. Evan Lemire No that’s a hit piece and was taken way out of context. Americz is the full transcript https: Lists with This Book.

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An indispensable, albeit controversial, book to understand Latin America. A work of impressive scope, essentially the history of a whole continent. Just not to confuse anyone about the ideological orientation of the author, the book is printed at least in my edition with a nice red cover.

Now, jokes aside, some parts of the book are written in a rather loud tone which many will consider is borderline on propaganda but let me suggest to the adventurous reader to just ignore that and delve into An indispensable, albeit controversial, book to understand Latin America. Now, jokes aside, some parts of the book are written in a rather loud tone which many will consider is borderline on propaganda but let me suggest to the adventurous reader to just ignore that and delve into the facts which are well researched and for which many references are given.

Yes, many parts are controversial and Galeano frequently picks the interpretation that better fits his cause, but so what? Actually it defies classification as it is a mixture of essay and journalism covering topics not only in history but also in economics and sociology. This is a dense book, I found that I could only process a subchapter at a single sitting about pages.

Yet it is still quite accessible and any dedicated reader should be able to finish it.

As Veias Abertas da América Latina by Eduardo Galeano (4 star ratings)

Some parts of it were unknown to me, and probably to most readers who are not from the involved countries. Abertws the Paraguayan War as an example, it is in terms relative amdrica the population the bloodiest war in contemporary history imagine a country-wide version of the The War of the End of the World and yet, it is a widely unknown corner of history.

If at least for the amount of historical and economical issues touched inside these pages it is worth reading, actually the chapter on the nature of international loans could had been easily written nowadays by just swapping the names of a few countries in for others in Europe. The biggest issue with this book other than the tone that seemed to scare a few other reviewers is that I find the structure prone to repetition. You can learn how tin was extracted from Bolivia’s mines in what were essentially slavery conditions just to produce one of the top 10 tycoons in the world at the time.


Later, you can learn how silver was extracted That is indeed a problem with any kind of systematic exploration of these kind of issues. What happened with the huge profits geias from natural resources in the continent? Well, we’ve got to see one by one and a pattern clearly emerges, and that is the linking thread of the book. Massive amounts of information here presented by someone who clearly knows how to write while effortlessly crossing between topics and literary genres.

Take it with a bit of salt and you can get a lot out of it. The edition, handily on the shelf in my library, includes a beautifully written foreword by Isabel Allende. I’m learning much about the oppression, colonization, and economic exploitation of Latin America, and feeling fairly stunned that I never knew about this book. This was a hugely important book when it first came out back in the early s. Eduardo Galeano’s survey and assessment of the brutal, impoverished history of americz american life at the hands of foreign interests has lost none of its underlying fury.

The vwias list of exploitation and unchecked human suffering chronicled here, which goes back to the days of Cortez, still has the power to make jaws drop even over 50 years after it was published. Gaelano digs deeply into the economic and politi This was a hugely important book when it first came out back in the early s. Gaelano digs deeply into the economic and political histories across aberts Spanish speaking world, and his fluency and ability to integrate social history and heavy economics is deeply formidable.

This is a foundational text of the “new left”, and in its massive wrestling with the shadow history of a whole continent, its just as influential as anything by Edward Said, Howard Zinn, etc.

Galeano’s prose is dry at times, and when he spends the final portion of the book explicating economic data and policy decisions from the late s, it can be a bit of a slog. But it’s still a powerful examination and condemnation of the role that global capital has played. I don’t think any legitimate consideration of Latin America, as a place or as a collection of peoples, could afford to ignore the perspective Galeano develops here.

They remind of Galeano. And one by Jorge Drexler, a Uruguayan like Galeano. The folks that post their assortment of pictures to accompany the songs provide sometimes “Oh, wow” views of Latin America. Nonetheless, seeing that some of my GR friends have read or plan to read Galeano, I’d like to take some time tonight to view Galeano’s immense background of some of the “sh.

Vias classic is one of those books that I would have read decades ago for the understanding it brings to seeing how the world really functions. Library of Congress catalogs it We were in the midst of the Socialist government of Salvador Allende, the first Marxist ever to become president in a democratic election, a man who gqleano a dream of equality It was the time of the Cold War, and the United States would not allow a leftist experiment to succeed in what Henry Kissinger called ‘its backyard.

On September 11,a military coup ended a century of democratic tradition in Chile Similar coups followed in other countries, and soon half the continent’s population was living in terror.

As Veias Abertas da América Latina

This was a strategy designed in Eduareo and imposed upon the Latin American people by the economic and political forces of the right. In every instance the military acted as mercenaries to the privileged groups in power. To me it is a splendid metaphor of writing in general and his writing in particular.

There were rumors that he had a treasure hidden in his house. One day some thieves broke in, they searched everywhere and found a chest in the cellar. They went off with it and when they opened it they found that it was filled with letters. They were the love letters the old man had received all over the course of his long life.


The thieves were going to burn the letters, but they talked it over and finally decided to return them. Since then, every Monday at noon, the old man would be aemrica for the postman to appear.

As soon as he saw him, the old man would start running and the postman, who knew all about it, held the letter in his hand. Peter could hear the beating of that heart, crazed with joy at receiving a message from a woman. By the simple trick of mailing them back one by one, those good thieves gave new life to the letters and new illusions to the old man.

To me this is admirable in Galeano’s work: Our part of the world, known today as Latin America, was precocious: Centuries passed, and Latin America perfected its role. It continues to exist veoas the service of others’ needs, as a source and reserve of oil and iron, of copper and meat, of fruit and coffee, the raw materials and foods destined for rich countries which profit more from consuming them than Latin America does from producing them. The taxes collected by the buyers are much higher than the prices received by the sellers Pero ocurre que quienes ganaron, xa gracias a que nosotros perdimos.

El oro se transfigura en chatarra, y los alimentos se convierten en veneno. Una manera de responder a esa pregunta que nos hostiga, desde nuestra propia orilla. O simplemente, nunca la han perdido. Es un libro escrito para conversar con la gente: Quedamos dependientes, humillados, desgraciados y hambrientos.

En la alquimia colonial y neocolonial, el oro se transfigura en chatarra y los alimentos se convierten en veneno. An important reminder that capitalism’s playground is global, thus our struggles, solidarity, and change must also be global. The Bador rather suggestions: It does not seem to have the same chronology-of-history backbone as the first half thus, not the optimal history overview.

While it detours into economic examples, it ecuardo to lack organized economic concepts. A People’s History of the Third Worldalso fantastic lectures online.

In these lands we are not experiencing the primitive infancy of capitalism but its vicious senility. Underdevelopment isn’t a stage of development, but its consequence.

Latin Ws underdevelopment arises from external development, and continues to feed it. A system made impotent by its function of international servitude, and moribund since birth, has feet of clay. It pretends to be destiny and would like to be thought eternal.

All memory is subversive, because it is different, and likewise any program for the future. The zombie is made to eat without salt: The system has its paradigm in the immutable society of ants. For that reason it accords ill with the history of humankind, because that is always changing. And because in the history of humankind every act of destruction meets its response, sooner or later, in an act of creation.

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