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

Description

Since 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.

Details

Author(s)
Eduardo Galeano, Cedric Belfrage
Format
Paperback | 336 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 20mm | 281g
Publication date
27 May 2009
Publisher
Profile Books Ltd
Imprint
Serpent's Tail
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
Main
ISBN10
184668742X
ISBN13
9781846687426
Bestsellers rank
1,850

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