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    DescriptionSince 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.


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    Title
    The Open Veins of Latin America
    Subtitle
    Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eduardo Galeano, Translated by Cedric Belfrage
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 108 mm
    Height: 176 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846687426
    ISBN 10: 184668742X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.5
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KL
    BISAC V2.8: POL011000
    DC22: 330.98
    BIC subject category V2: JPSL, 1KL
    Thema V1.0: JPSL
    Publisher
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Serpent's Tail
    Publication date
    21 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Eduardo Hughes Galeano (born September 3, 1940) is an Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist. His books have been translated into many languages. He says: "I'm a writer obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America above all and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia.' He is the author of Days and Nights of Love and War (winner of the 1978 Casa de las Americas Prize), The Book of Embraces, and the highly acclaimed Memory of Fire trilogy.
    Review quote
    This book is a monument in our Latin American history. It allows us to learn history, and we have to build on this history -- Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Galeano's vision is unswerving, surgical and yet immensely generous and humane ... Eduardo Galeano ought to be a household name -- Arundhati Roy He has more first-hand knowledge of Latin America than anybody else I can think of, and uses it to tell the world of the dreams and disillusions, the hopes and failures of its people... Galeano denounces exploitation with uncompromising ferocity, yet this book is almost poetic in its description of solidarity and human capacity for survival in the midst of the worst kind of despoilation -- Isabel Allende Remains pertinent nearly 40 years on... Impassioned and lucid, Galeano is a knowledgeable guide through a shameful history of foreign exploitation... If he needs a primer on his southern neighbours, Obama could do worse than studying Chavez's present -- Phil Mongredien Observer A valuable study Sunday Business Post