Ulated on whether or not he would read it Actually I hope he did My first impression was that Galeano s detractors were right the book was just rant Galeano is a journalist and he knows how to use words to move readers My impression was that every sentence in the first chapter had emotionally loaded words If his ideas "HADN T PIUED MY CURIOSITY I MIGHT HAVE PUT "t iued my curiosity I might have C++ Primer put down Ensuing chapters might come to emotionally loaded conclusions but theresentation of evidence was impressive I can t endorse the ideas completely because I don t know enough to evaluate everything he says but I was impressedGaleano s thesis
that the the European conuerors Spain and Portugal later European business interests mainly the British and finally the US government and business have romised developmental assistance but delivered subservience largely by economic means by keeping roduction costs low using raw materials and cheap labor from Latin American and then selling roducts for large rofits even selling them back to Latin American countries at the same time as they Zees Story prevent them fromroducing their own roducts In what seemed to me a telling comparison he contrasts conuistadors arriving in Latin American with the expectation of taking riches home to Europe with settlers in New England fleeing Europe and determined to grow their food and make the roducts they need for themselves and to stay not seek treasure to bring home In what turned out to be an advantage for North America there was no gold or silver not even romising farms land so the British in comparison to the Iberians tended to ignore the colonies rather than lunder them In this idea Galeano reminds me of Fareed Zakaria s thesis in The Future of Freedom where he explains that wealth in the form of natural resources is actually a deterrent to democracy because it leads to a ruling class that appropriates the resources and uses them to develop the country or to line their own ockets rather than depending on the opulation to supply funds for theis that the
government in the form of taxes Elections don t mean much if the eople doing the electing havein the form of taxes Elections don t mean much if the eople doing the electing have ower And clearly immigration to America took a far different ath in the North than in the South The result was the development of a growing middle class of local One Man's Justice producers in North America something that didn t happen in most Latin American countries which developed local oligarchies who themselves continued to be exploited byowerful A Little Hotel On The Side patrons Galeano s text is colorful and impressive even for someone like me for whom the names and historical events are not familiar He s a master at creatingowerful and memorable Heute Ziehst Du Aus: Roman phrases than sum uprobably somewhat simplistically but I ended up thinking often right nonetheless the roblem Underdevelopment in South America is a result of development elsewhere a Volkswagen Republic is much like a banana republic nationalization doesn t necessarily redistribute wealth Over and over again he talks about the wealth concentrated among an oligarchy and the widespread overty at the bottom that has characterized many Latin American countries for centuries making it clear over and over again that the outposts Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] pay therice for the wealth of the centers The centers were usually the The Magnanimous Heart 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 whateverIt s easy for a US citizen to agree with all the details about exploitation by Europeans harder to deal with exploitation by North Americans Legacy of Ashes The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner 2007 confirms US involvement in supporting the governments and business leaders that supported the US companies It struck me reading about the maneuverings of American companies that whether needing bananas or rubber oretroleum they were operating not all that differently from how we re discovering they operate at home and it s abundantly clear at this oint that the US is moving toward something like the Latin American republics with wea. E exposé which all students of Latin American and US history must read ChoiceWell written and assionately state. This guy writes fiction likes it s
Non Fiction And Non Fiction Likes Itfiction and non fiction likes it fiction He blends in and out better than anyone I know of What beauty what oetry what defiance what anger what celebration what satire what humour Sheer brilliance Oh and he does his research too Recommended related readings Pedagogy of the Oppressed Exterminate All the Brutes Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology The Wretched of the Earth Eduardo Galeano assionately recounts the horrific events of the last 7 centuries in Latin America I am neither a history buff nor Latino insider so I discovered uite a bit even as I concurrently traveled and experienced aspects
of the region firsthand It should be noted however that the authorthe region firsthand It should be noted however that the author no science or organization to his storytelling Facts are obviously molded for dramatic appeal handpicking specific dates excerpts from JFK speeches etc Footnotes are lacking for a staggering amount of uantitative data despite their couth and seemingly objective resentation Even as I read this book with a grain of salt I still found it Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts powerful For if only a tenth of what is said were true it would still be a humanitarian story worth telling I hope to learn about these forgotteneople of Latin America For the ast month I have been collecting my thoughts and writing them out and utting them into Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra paragraphs and shaping thosearagraphs into a longer article of some sort But nothing has yet coalesced into a thing I would call a review or even a Out of the Box passable reflection This book has left me with a complicated bundle of thoughts and they seem to still transcend theleasant shaping of words and The First Secret of Edwin Hoff punctuation into sentences and sentences intoaragraphs and aragraphs into something that communicates an appreciation of some iece of work But here I go again Back at the well feeling somehow obliged to make something good out of this scramble of thoughtsPart of my roblem is that this book has me caught between three worlds that I have a hard time bringing together The first world is the social democrat and dedicated activist who is articularly concerned by the wrath of economic ineuality in the world and how it is País íntim perpetuated by capitalism The second world is that of the historian my field and the thing that I call myrofession when I am asked what it is even if I make my money in other ways the thing which nourishes my understanding of the world the thing which gets me excited and impassioned about the world The third world is that of the reader who hopes that a few nice words Under Lock and Key put together in the right nice order willroduce something greater than the sum of its arts and that as a reader I will be able to recognize and appreciate and over enjoy the outcome This world hits all of those oints I have so much to say But I must for the sake of time and for the sake of yours keep this short You have already read too much about meThis book when it was released was a firecracker It was bold in its scope nearly unthinkably audacious the sort of work which was hoping to set the world at unease And it succeeded In this work Galeano condemns centuries of Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II pillaging from one of the grand great rich continents of the world for th I read this book out of curiosity and interest in Latin America I was advised that it was just rant or left wing rant but decided to see for myself I came away with this as the main idea in Latin America free enterprise is incompatible with civil liberties as Galeano says in his commentary on the book in an afterward The book catalogues the exploitation of theeople usually the indigenous Something Wicked people by South American oligarchies and by their European and North American affiliatesIt s certainly been a controversial book Firstublished in 1971 and often condemned and freuently banned in Latin America I doubt it s been on the radar in North American very long The current edition was Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover published in 1997 with a foreward by Isabel Allende It s been in the news recently when President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela gave a copy to Obama and then when commentators spec. St Five Centuries of the Pillage of a ContinentA superbly written excellently translated andowerfully ersuasiv. .
Lth increasingly concentrated among the few while the middle class which enabled the US to be different from its Latin American neighbors is dwindling Power in the US is increasingly in the hands of corporations often multi nationals with loyalties rimarily to their own interests which may or may not be the eople of the United States But erhaps I ush this too far I have to note that Galeano as many other Latin Americans deplores the fact that the US has even co opted the name America I had a hard time avoiding it in this review Bottom line This is a highly emotional book but the logic and the evidence is uite definitely not lacking I tend to compare him to Michael Moore who goes after ublic attention with emotionally charged rhetoric but backs it up with facts and details that rove the need for drawing attention to the issue I cannot evaluate the detail and no doubt Galeano exaggerates and rants but it s still a compelling book that s worth the attention of a thinking A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal person This is an agonizingly lucid account of the of colonisation and depredation of a continent Beginning with the continuing genocide of the nativeopulation seguing into the advent of slavery and its replacement with hunger Incredibly informative well researched and thought out book that Nacht provides context into how Latin America got to the state it is in today When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavezresented President Obama with a copy of Eduardo Galeano s Open Veins of Latin America during a summit meeting in 2009 the intellectually gouty noise machine of the bourgeoisie began to flap its collective jowls calling the gift an insult to America and Obama s acceptance of it a sign of his acuiescence to communist influences The truths contained in the gift were essentially ignored by the right wind unditry because truth and history have no lace in the circus of sound bite chicanery not when the mainstream media is little than a clown car of corporate maleficence whose acuiescence in the The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody plunder and economic repression of Latin America continues unabated the media s boosting of NAFTA for instance is an excellent example of imperialistic mechanisms at workOriginallyublished in the early 70s Open Veins of Latin America is an elouently written vivid examination of five centuries of genocide theft and The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together political interference by European and American economic interests And while Galeano writes withassion and artistry his history is not the hysterical harangue the noise machine would have us believe The book is well researched and documented but Galeano s intensity and skill as a writer adds gravitas to the irrefutable evidence he Curse of Rocky Colavito presents a thing the noise machine cannot abide They fear his elouence but their attempt to invalidate the book through misdirection using the threadbare histrionics of anti communism failed Open Veins of Latin America is aowerful rejoinder to Open Veins was a title in the Hugo Chavez Book Club the Venezuelan strongman surprised President Barrack Obama with a copy in 2009 Open Veins was written by a novelist in the vivid Captive prose of a novel and the history takes many liberties making it like historic fiction Ong 283 author Galeano cited Chilean dictator Pinochet leaving 30000 dead which didn A fundamental book for understand the social economicculturalscientific and olitic condition of Latin AmericaA absolutely must to read for everybody in special all Latin America inhabitantsPerhaps somebody in a near
future will write The Open Veins of Africa Two Centuries ofwill write The Open Veins of Africa Two Centuries of Pillage of a Continent 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 rinted at least in my edition with a nice red cover Now jokes aside some arts of the book are written in a rather loud tone which many will consider is borderline on ropaganda but let me suggest to the adventurous reader to just ignore that and delve into. D this is an intellectually honest and valuable study Library JournalA dazzling barrage of words and ideas Histor.