What are our limits?

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of Pillage of a Continent, by Eduardo Galeano.  ($10.49)

galeanoYou may recall that this is the book that President Chavez of Venezuela thrust into the hands of President Obama at their meeting a few months ago.  This book is a little over ten years old, and the author, better known in Latin America than in the U.S. (duh), has written a number of others.

Amazon says:

“‘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 despoliation’ Isabel Allende * ‘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” –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

A superbly written, excellently translated, and powerfully persuasive exposé which all students of Latin American and U.S. history must read. – Choice

Well written and passionately stated, this is an intellectually honest and valuable study. – Library Journal

A dazzling barrage of words and ideas. – History

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