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Open Veins of Latin America [Paperback]

Eduardo Galeano
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn More, Read this Book! Sept. 16 2002
This is a great book for those who want to look at things from a fresh perspective. It is not meant for those who believe capitalism and imperialism are the best options out there. Eduardo Galeano did an excellent job at investigating as well as setting forward a view of Latin America that very few North Americans ever get to know. One warning though: it is not for those faint of heart, this book is explicit and very painful to read; but that is only because the history of Latin America has been very sad and painful. An excellent read, you'll think about this book forever.
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open Veins of Latin America Nov. 28 2009
Every now and then, whether the perpetrators want it or not, the truth is showing through the cracks of the hidden history. Wonderful writing. J.L.Viens
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic masterpiece Oct. 9 2003
Eduardo Galeano's classic work serves as a testament to the world. His words resonate with all of us who have seen and felt the pillaging of Latin America first hand. The book writen in "90 nights," when Galeano was 31 years old meticulously illustrates how Europe and North America have raped, and exploited Latin America in their continued crusade for wealth. Galeano displays how the genocide of the Indigenous Americans and the enslavement of Africans created 'the foundation stone upon which the giant industrial capital of modern times was built'. Read this book and tell me that isn't true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Galeano definitly knows to show us the dramitacal consecuences from the Conquer of America by the European nations, and how the impositions of the culture, religion and economic models had their origins here explained. A call for us to know the past in order to look for a better future for America Latina.
The way this investigation is narrated to us is incredible and very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, must read for us latinos Oct. 16 1999
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I really recommend this book; it opened my eyes to many aspects of Latin American History. Sure, it's not very pretty, but reality usually isn't. I think it's essential for every latino who wants to try to understand our past, present & future to read this book. I read it first in Spanish, just recently a bit of it in English; it reaffirmed my belief that it is best to read authors in their native language (when you can), or as the case may be, in the language the text was originally written. Mr. Belfrage did a good job, but some insights and terms were lost in his translation. Also, I read other customer reviews and it's interesting to note that the only two "bad" comments came from the united states, a place with a very warped view of Latin America.
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"Open Veins", spares noone and can be found insulting to anyone who lives in a society that is working perfectly for them. Someone who sees this world as a perfect place and has read all the history books circulating in the school system would have a hard time grasping Galeano's ideas. But someone searching for truth even if it hurts will benefit imensly from reading this book. All ideas are backed by statistical facts organized so neatly that what would usually be boring material, comes alive to the reader. Even if one doesn't agree on everything and there is a wealth of information in this book, one walks away with a whole new perspective on how things are and came to be not just in Latin America, but in the whole world. Someone famous once said fact is a set of ideas agreed upon. I think Galeano's ideas can be validated just as much as anyone elses who disagees with him. He uses his statistics very well to validate them. Read it even if only you want a different perspective on history. If you are one of the "losers" it leaves you with renewed hope and if you are one of the "winners" you may apreciate more how fortunate you are. Because as Galeano clearly points out power is constantly changing hands and will continue to do so throughout history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nov. 14 2002
By Tito
Get it. Read it. Understand it. Facts are Facts.
Its a good one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Facts are facts, but we cant blame others for out mistakes.
As a REAL LATINAMERICAN that was born and has lived in Latinamerica most of his life i have to say i disagree with this book. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by "edgarn"
5.0 out of 5 stars open veins of Latin america
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Published on Feb. 26 2003 by eileen pearson
1.0 out of 5 stars Self Deluding "Facts": Grow Up. You Did It To Yourself
An excellent example of why Hispanic countries are incapable of providing their people with either freedom, democracy, stability or economic security: too many pseudo-intellectuals... Read more
Published on June 2 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
In truth this book deserves more than 1 star, but I would like to suggest that there are other sources that must be included to truly appreciate the plight of Latin America. Read more
Published on May 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the history
We could easily say that this is a book again capitalism. It is. Or that the author shows a biased opinion. He does. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by Justo S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my God!
Please stop this man. The fantasy of blaming the US and Europe for the problems in Latin America has caused a lot of damage in Latin America. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars What we should study in school.
This book offers the reader the possibility to understand why the vast majority of the people of one of the richest part of the planet live in misery. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2001 by L. Massasso
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