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“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 Chávez, 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

“A superbly written, excellently translated, and powerfully persuasive expose which all students of Latin American and U.S. history must read.”
CHOICE, American Library Association

“Eminent Latin American author Galeano is both impassioned and a hard-nosed scholar in this well-documented, Marxist-oriented history of Latin America as an exploited continent from the time of Columbus to the present.”
Publishers Weekly

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

“This book may in time rival all others in providing general ideas for analyses of both the colonial and modern periods . . . . Galeano possesses a grasp of history and historicism that is often missing in the writings of persons trained in the field . . . . with a dazzling barrage of words and ideas, [he] brings the reader closer to the beginning of what is so badly needed, namely, an all-embracing and ethical approach to the theory, study, and analysis of developmentalism in juxtaposition with colonialism, nationalism, and industrialism.”

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.

This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende’s inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

Eduardo Galeano 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.

Isabel Allende is the author of several bestselling titles including In the House of the Spirits; The Infinite Plan, and Paula.

Written by nyupress

February 10th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

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