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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Even the author disavows the book. He admitted he had little knowledge about what he was writing. It’s sad that anyone takes it seriously today. Evan Lemire No that’s a hit piece smerica was taken way out of context. Here is the full transcript https: Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Veais. A history of the exploitation of Latin America since the arrival of Europeans.
The book was researched and written in the s. So much has happened since then such as Iran-Contra and our suppression of the revolution in Nicaragua; or NAFTAbut none of the events would akerica the story. It is a very long, sad, tragic story. Free abedtas comes only once restricted trade has allowed a country the US, UK to develop its own industries sufficiently to benefit from free trade.
Then smaller count A history of the exploitation of Latin America since the arrival of Europeans. Then smaller countries that try to resist free trade in their own interests, as developed countries had once done get pegged as socialist and get ostracized and undermined.
Because of its colonial history, Latin America was sufficiently fragmented that it never developed the unity and scale that would allow it to develop on aa own. North America, while it had a colonial heritage, did not have the natural resources that Latin America had e.
So its lack of natural resources was a blessing in disguise. While they tout the aid they give, aberras ultimately acknowledged that it is not altruistic.
Its purpose is to develop markets for the US economy. I at least appreciated their amerkca. The book is not at all written as a revolutionary tract–in fact it is a lyrical and compassionate, yet detailed and wide-ranging, history of the region.
But it is written by a person with a political revolutionary vision. Hence it is not surprising, but a bit disappointing, that no mention is made of Liberation Theology, which was emerging in the s throughout Latin America.
When the author does discuss the church in Latin American history, it ss an accessory to the crimes. But the Liberation Theology wing of the church was a potential ally that went unnoticed or unmentioned.
As Veias Abertas da América Latina
I’m glad I read the book. But, well-written as it is, it is hard to read because it is so thorough and because the oppression and exploitation recounted is so unrelenting. The Opening chapters of this book are fascinating! It goes into much detail of the exploitation and enslavement of the indigenous peoples of south and central America. Most of the history is new to me. One fact that still stays with me is that the shipments of gold and goods coming into Spain and Portugal, from their respective conquests, were actually shipped right back out to other countries because of their substantial national debts.
On the other hand, the following chapters a bit boring. I The Opening chapters of this book are fascinating! I had a hard time going through the huge list of minerals that the US Corporations extracted in the ‘s. I couldn’t even make it to the 20th century. No es una revision desapasionada de algunos episodios de la historia latinoamericana de los ultimos anios. Es mas bien un libro medianamente visceral, escrito con las tripas.
El mio no es ni un halago ni una critica, sino una descripcion. Como puntos positivos, el autor presenta una mirada diferente al desarrollo economico o la falta de el de America Latina. Es, sin duda, positivo escuchar voces que se desvian de mi propia percepcion por lo menos con algunos hechos puntuales.
Refresca en No es una revision desapasionada de algunos episodios de la historia latinoamericana de los ultimos anios. Refresca entender que la historia tiene mas de una interpretacion. La de Galeano es, ciertamente, una posicion de un hombre de izquierda nuevamente, ni un halago ni una critica, sino una descripcion.
Hay, sin duda, descripciones de hechos historicos que revelan una profunda injusticia y que proponen que, en terminos generales, la riqueza de algunos proviene de la explotacion de otros. Algunos puntos aamerica los que no puedo estar de acuerdo con Galeano incluyen su defensa del regimen de Castro y su opinion positiva de la reforma agraria del Peru en los 70’s. Mi desacuerdo con esa postura, y con el giro que Galeano da a, por lo menos, la reforma agraria en el Peru me hacen cuestionar la exactitud de algunos otros hechos descritos por Galeano.
En todo caso, mi mayor critica con el libro es que toma casi trescientas paginas en describir problemas, pero no pude encontrar ninguna sugerencia para solucionarlos I took a class in college titled something like “U. History in Latin America. I never knew what an amwrica power the U. In American public school we’re taught that the Monroe Doctrine is almost an act of gallantry–a clarion call to the privative n I took latija class in college titled something like “U. In American public school we’re taught that the Monroe Doctrine is almost an act of gallantry–a clarion call to the privative nations of Old Europe that meddling in the zmerica of free people is a thing that would no longer be countenanced by the United States, the first nation to break those shackles.
But, as we all know, that story is a bit too cute and oversimplified.
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The United States held itself out as a benevolent big brother type in the hemisphere, but really it just used its privileged position and burgeoning might to siphon off what Europe had been doing to line its own coffers since the s.
I liked this book, but it felt repetitive and could have been trimmed. Books like this one expose these truths, though often they run to tedium.
Galeano writes this jeremiad with clear passion and an occasional aberfas touch, but on the whole it’s pretty dry. En general considero que es un libro interesante por lo que cuenta, porque da un enfoque distinto a la historia, porque hace una defensa de los olvidados This book is really about the world. Galeano doesn’t miss anyone with his tar brush, rightfully so. If you’ve ever given any thought to the concept of Fair Trade you should probably read this book instead amreica just buying your Fair Trade cup o’ joe at the local.
I didn’t give this book more stars because Galeano jumps around quite a bit and the book is in need of more coherence. It might’ve been a smoother read if it had followed a time-line instead of proceeding in a looser form.
It’s also a book This book is really about the world. It’s also a book of its time the early 70’s and conditions have improved in many of the situations Galeano describes – because of his writings in part. Isabel Allende, in the introduction, praises Galeano’s ability for story telling, ending with one of his quotes: Sounds great, but, both Allende and Galeano fled their countries at the onset of dictatorships. Galeano twice, even, after abertass first moved to Argentina.
Apparently their money and connections, allowing them to not have to face the dictatorships in their home countries, was worth more than anything they coul Isabel Allende, in the introduction, praises Galeano’s ability for story telling, ending with one of his quotes: Apparently their money and connections, allowing them to not have to face the dictatorships in their home countries, was worth more than anything they could have fought for at home. No reason to die if you can keep on living the way you like, after all.
Primarily, Galeano’s book is a long litany on the abuse of Latin America. First by Europeans, then by Americans and local elites. Writing inwhen most colonies had just received independence, and the US secret service was manhandling Latin American politics, Galeano’s overview was an important document, at the time, but feels dated, myopic and tedious, some 45 years later.
Perhaps, Galeano’s primary achievement was to unlock an obfuscated history of the Latin American continent. But, his regular quoting of Marx shows Galeano’s leanings.
Praising Cuba from wanting dq move away from overly relying on sugarcane production, ‘Cubans [now] work for 12 months a year in the he continuous job of building a new society’, he then goes on for a dozen pages praising communism in Cuba.
And, his leftist vision clearly coloured his anti-imperialist views, where he casts everything in the light of exploitation; the Europeans are exploiting Latin America. If not the Europeans, the Americans are exploiting Latin America. If not the Americans, the local elites as puppets of the Americans are exploiting America. If heavy machinery is bought from abroad, it’s a gift to the west, instead of a benefit to the Latin American country in question. But, only focussing on the abwrtas and praising the indigenous peoples to a fault Galeano could have written a very similar story about every continent.
The book’s very lightly sourced, putting in question some of Galeano’s conclusions and claims. And, some of the footnotes that are there, were added later, so it’s for example not clear who proclaims that ‘all Soviet-made heavy equipment is of excellent quality, though that is not true of consumer goods produced by its light patina medium sized industry’, either way betraying the author’s myopic leftist vision.
Galeano is harsher on the Brits, the Dutch and the Americans than he is on the Portuguese and Spanish. Primarily, because he casts the latter in a light of abuse by the former, during the period veia colonial exploitation of Latin America. However, this was a full consequence of Spain’s conscious behaviour, Spain believing that it could just sit back and enjoy the taxes on trade as spoils of ‘owning’ the continent.
But, as a result, Spanish industry died a slow death, eventually bankrupting Spain, while the UK and Northern Europe in general laid the groundwork for the industrial revolution, thanks to the huge profits they reaped through trade coming from Latin America. In the end, Galeano’s harping on about how Spain and Portugal did not benefit from their Latin American possessions, sounds like him being an apologist for the Iberian peninsula.
Spain and Portugal benefited vastly.