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

Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao galeaano cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. He said, “It took four years of americca and collecting the information I needed, and some 90 nights to write the book”. There is absolutely nothing here about, say, Western medicine conquering malaria.

Topics Classics Classics corner. I’m glad I read the book. Actually, I hope he did.

They fear his eloquence, but their attempt to invalidate the book through misdirection, using the threadbare histrionics of anti-communism, failed. Its purpose is to develop markets for the US economy. This is not a history text and it reads like a novel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lists with This Book.

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Feb 16, Todd rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. This book, written more than thirty years ago, contains profound lessons for contemporary Glaeano.


A oepn of impressive scope, essentially the history of a whole continent. As I said at the outset, Open Veins is more like a novel than a serious history. The mordida lives and breeds cynicism, allowing narco cartels and criminal gangs to thrive from Venezuela to Tijuana.

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I came away with glaeano as the main idea: The best Latin American history book on earth! 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.

Dec 16, Miquixote rated eduarod it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Low productivity may exist, but not because of a devious plot. Dec 30, Cy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think of this as a story, rather than history. Archived from the original on April 20, At the same time, those resources were flushed out of our continent with the blood of the indigenou Mr.

Then ipen countries that try to resist free trade in their own interests, as developed countries had once done get pegged as socialist and get ostracized and undermined.


This book has left me with a complicated bundle of thoughts, and they seem to still transcend the pleasant shaping of words and punctuation into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into something that communicates an appreciation of some piece of work. Free trade comes only once restricted trade has allowed a country the US, UK to develop its own industries sufficiently to benefit from free lxtin.

It’s sad that anyone takes it seriously today. And while Galeano writes with passion and artistry, his history is not the hysterical harangue the noise machine would have us believe.

I read this book out of curiosity—and interest in Latin America. So much has happened since then such as Iran-Contra and our suppression of the revolution in Nicaragua; or NAFTAbut none of the events would change the story. Here is the full transcript https: Even the author disavows the book. For decades, rafts floated one direction in the Florida Straight: An indispensable, albeit controversial, book to understand Latin America.

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