[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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An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes.

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

Thanks to him our crimes will be remembered. I came away with this as the main idea: They had their accomplishments, indeed, but they were warlike, practiced human sacrifice, and enslaved other tribes. My impression was that every sentence in the first chapter had emotionally-loaded words. Lloyd rated it it was amazing. The neutrality of this article is disputed. Sadly, filling the continent with socialist strongmen like Hugo Chavez would lead to another years of pain and backwardness in Latin America.

The centers were usually the ports that grew up to serve the Europeans and later North Americans who needed to ship the gold, the silver, the meat, the rubber, the bananas or whatever. The result was the development of a growing middle class of local producers in North America–something that didn’t happen in most Latin American countries which developed local oligarchies who themselves continued to be exploited by powerful patrons.

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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. I have read it so many times that I might need to buy a new copy just because the book is so worn!!

The current edition was published in with a foreward by Isabel Allende. Vargas-Llosa thought Peru could learn from Asian Tigers: Eduardo Galeano passionately recounts the horrific events of the last 7 centuries in Latin America.

Here is the full transcript https: Hence, Chavez’s love of this book.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dec 16, Miquixote rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some parts of it were unknown to me, and probably to most readers who are not from the involved countries. Latin America needs better education and learning focused in STEM science, technology, engineering, mathematics.

Open Veins is not shy in its Marxist economic critique. Eduarro trade comes only once dduardo trade has allowed a country the US, UK to develop its own industries sufficiently to benefit from free trade.

It is felt everywhere. Latin America needs property rights another Peruvian, Hernando de Soto has written interestingly about the virtual impossibility of poor squatters in taking out even the most modest loan, which helped lead to the current popularity of microloans in developing nations.

The story goes downhill, deep into 1 tierra, as it drones on about American and British companies and the dictators they back supposedly destroying Latin America.

As a side note, on the afternoon that I finished reading this book I contacted a friend of mine in Canada. Open Veins of Latin America: Nov 08, Jaber rated it really liked it. But good luck doesn’t rain down yesterday, today, tomorrow, or ever.

That said, his research is quite impressive by semi-academic standards, more well-informed, balanced, and deeper than you would expect from most any other history book which is written for the general public.

Galeano wrote Open Veins of Latin America in Uruguay while working as an independent journalist and editor and while employed in the publishing department of the University of the Republic.

I think you will understand it when you read the book, when you understand his language and feel the fire-breathing passion that ignited its creation.

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. Who don’t have religions, but superstitions. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably. Who are not human beings, but human resources. Galeano is a journalist and he knows how to use words to move readers.


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Guilty consciences are ths relieved of the need for alibis, for no one is guilty: This book, when it was released, was a firecracker. They fear his eloquence, but their attempt to invalidate the book through misdirection, using the threadbare histrionics of anti-communism, failed. Eduardo Galeano was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist. 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.

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.

Stories of Almost Everyone ” “. 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. Books by Eduardo Galeano. And then it also talks about the contemporary issues of his own time. An indispensable, albeit controversial, book to understand Latin America. It is a leaping-off point for an entire way of understanding the world, a confirmation of things that I have imagined to be true, that I have heard sailing in the air at universities and in the street, and a great searing cry against the dehumanization of a continent because of the unfair distribution of international labour and trade.

Published January 1st by Monthly Review Press first published And the most favorable ameica came not from any prestigious critic but from the military dictatorships that praised the book by banning it.

View all 9 comments. View all 5 comments. Galeano also takes care to mention ,atin many uprisings and resistance fighters and the violence they were met with, and also success stories like Cuba.