From what I can see, the negative customer reviews on this book all point to the idea that Galeano is somehow attempting to blame the United States or Europe for all of the current problems in Latin America. Galeano never makes that claim. Anyone knows that Latin America has social and cultural problems that have become institutionalized, and at this point in most matters they have only themselves to blame. But societies are complex and there are multiple factors that determine them ("working hard" doesn't fix everything), one of those factors is history. It's blind, biased ignorance to attempt to deny the impact of history on the formation of social and power relations. Galeano's book is an attempt to tell that history, not so we can wallow in self-pity, but so we can chart a path forward. Read the book.