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[Venas abiertas de America Latina, English]. Open veins of Latin America: five centuries or the pillage of a continent / Eduardo Galeano ; translated by Cedric. Open Veins of Latin America has ratings and reviews. .com// 05/24/books/?_r=0. Classics corner: Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo GaleanoIf he needs a primer on his southern neighbours, Obama could do worse.

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That said, his research is quite impressive by semi-academic standards, more well-informed, balanced, and deeper than vins would expect from most any other history book which is written for the general public. Lists with This Book. In this work, Galeano condemns centuries of pillaging from one of the grand, great, rich continents of the world for the benefit of another, outside continent, and its peoples.

It’s sad lafin anyone takes it galeaon today. I found the frequent Marx and Lenin quotes jarring. Sep 23, G RdM rated it it was amazing. This book, written more than thirty years ago, contains profound lessons for contemporary India. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx.

I have read it so many times that I might need to buy a new copy just because the book is so worn!! Good ameeica doesn’t even fall in a fine drizzle, no matter how hard the nobodies summon it, even if their left hand is tickling, or if they begin the new day with their right foot, or start the new year with a change of brooms. He has a strong opinion about the past, which is undeniable, and refreshing in lf way. This is a dense book, I found that I could only process a subchapter at a single sitting about pages.

Open Veins of Latin America is a powerful rejoinder to the stupidity and greed inherent in international corporatism, both past galeajo present. Vargas-Llosa thought Peru could learn from Asian Tigers: The North, as Galeano calls us fortunate ones, has been a cruel mistress, a wrestling partner who is infinitely stronger, and its weight bears down on this place.

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Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Here is the full transcript https: Mar 07, Tucker rated it did not like it. Mar 31, Susan rated it it was amazing. It’s proof that writing is good for something, at least for inspiring celebration and protest, applause and also indignation. Archived from the original on April 20, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and liberalizing China are illustrative.

Its purpose is to develop markets for the US economy. I think of this as a story, rather than history. He has just taken the extra step of looking into the past lives which made his life what it was and found something there that informed and reinforced his frustration.

The third world is that of the reader, lagin hopes that a few nice words put together in the right nice order will produce something greater than the sum of its parts, and that, as a reader, I will be able to recognize and galeno and, moreover, enjoy the outcome. Footnotes are lacking for a staggering amount of quantitative data, despite their couth and seemingly objective presentation.

Quotes from Open Veins of Lat This is an agonizingly lucid account of the of colonisation and depredation of a continent. One of my favorites This book is a monument in our Latin American history. I hope to learn more about these forgotten people of Latin America.

Who do not appear in the history of the world, but in the police ameroca of the local paper. For if only a tenth of what is said were true, it would still be a humanitarian story worth telling. The book is simultaneously polemic, history, social science, and poetry on that last point, I do wish I could read Spanish, because my feeling from reading this is that it must be stunning in Spanish.

Impassioned and lucid, Galeano is a knowledgeable guide through a shameful history of foreign exploitation.

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Back at the well, feeling somehow obliged to make something good out of this scramble of thoughts. No trivia or quizzes yet. It was bold in its scope, nearly unthinkably audacious, the sort of work which was hoping to set the world at unease.

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It allows us to learn history, and we have to build on o history. Massive amounts of information here presented by someone who clearly knows how to write while effortlessly crossing between topics and literary genres. Even the katin disavows the book.

Hence it is not surprising, but a bit disappointing, that no mention is made of Liberation Theology, which was emerging in the s throughout Latin America.

I said to him, also, that this book convinced me, more than ever, that free trade is a horrifying economic policy and must be fought. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again amercia her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment. Some parts of it were unknown to me, and probably to most readers who are not from the involved countries. I came away with this as the main idea: Who do not have faces, but arms.

Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano glaeano organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns fo five centuries of exploitation. Open Veins was written by a novelist in the vivid prose of a novel and the history takes many liberties, making it more like historic fiction. Trivia About Open Veins of Lat 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.

Galeano is particularly critical of the imperial forces beyond the shores of Latin American that have bled it dry for years, but he’s also sharply critical of the “national bourgeoisie” of the independent nations of Latin America who allowed the ongoing exploitation at the expense of their poor, rural, and indigenous peoples.