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

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

by Eduardo Galeano

Monthly Review Press | August 15, 1997 | Trade Paperback

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. 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.

Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe.

Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. 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.

This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende's inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 8.99 × 6.03 × 0.88 in

Published: August 15, 1997

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0853459916

ISBN - 13: 9780853459910

Found in: Latin America

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A description of the bullet we Canadians have constantly, and fortunately dodged All Canadians would be wise to read this book. We need to be passionately aware of the threat we are constantly facing, the threat that has condemned Latin America to the Third World for the last five centuries. A book for Canadians to read and re-read, if they care at all about being Canadian.
Date published: 2009-11-11

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

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

by Eduardo Galeano

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 8.99 × 6.03 × 0.88 in

Published: August 15, 1997

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0853459916

ISBN - 13: 9780853459910

About the Book

"A superbly written, excellently translated, and powerfully persuasive expos which all students of Latin American and U.S. history must read."
"--Choice"

"Well written and passionately stated, this is an intellectually honest and valuable study."
"--Library Journal"

"A dazzling barrage of words and ideas."
"--History"

From the Publisher

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. 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.

Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe.

Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. 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.

This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende's inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

From Our Editors

This no-holds-barred study by the author of The Book of Embraces examines five centuries of exploitation and privation. Open Veins of Latin America examines the turbulent political economy and varied cultural life of this troubled area. Eduardo Galeano weaves fact and imagery together to show the passions and trials of a suffering people, outlining what is achievable to lead rich and poor alike towards greater enlightenment.

Editorial Reviews

A dazzling barrage of words and ideas.-History,