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

By | November 3, 2019
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Author Eduardo Galeano
ISBN-10 0853459916
ISBN-13 9780853459910
Year 0000-00-00
Pages 317
Language English
Publisher Monthly Review Press
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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 Allendes 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

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