Open Veins of Latin America

By Eduardo Galeano,

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

Book 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.

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1 author picked Open Veins of Latin America as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

A classic book that weaves together the history of how Columbus’ arrival in the Americas set the stage for the mining of the New World by European and other colonial powers--for its gold, silver, cacao, cotton, rubber, and coffee--and for how that impacted the people who lived there. A brilliant synthesis of the many forces that were unleashed by the joining of the Old World and the New.

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