Open Veins of Latin America

Open Veins of Latin America

Five Centuries of the Pillage of A Continent

Book - 1997
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[In this book, the author's] analysis of the effects and causes of capitalist underdevelopment in Latin America present [an] account of ... Latin American history. [The author] shows how foreign companies reaped huge profits through their operations in Latin America. He explains the politics of the Latin American bourgeoisies and their subservience to foreign powers, and how they interacted to create increasingly unequal capitalist societies in Latin America.-Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Monthly Review Press, ©1997
Edition: 25th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780853459910
Branch Call Number: 330.98 G152o 1997
Characteristics: xiii, 317 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Belfrage, Cedric 1904-1990


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Jul 08, 2014

A classic, taught in universities. A brilliant analysis of the exploitation of Latin America over five centuries. President Chavez gave a copy of the book to President Obama at their first meeting. While Galeano has commented on the quality of his analysis of political economy, he has never disavowed what he wrote.

May 25, 2014

“ ‘Open Veins’ tried to be a book of political economy, but I didn’t yet have the necessary training or preparation,” Mr. Galeano said last month while answering questions at a book fair in Brazil, where he was being honored on the 43rd anniversary of the book’s publication. He added: “I wouldn’t be capable of reading this book again; I’d keel over. For me, this prose of the traditional left is extremely leaden, and my physique can’t tolerate it.”


Dec 28, 2013

Loved the book but hated what was contained within. We, the so-called civilized world has done, continues to do and will continue to do so many of the terrible things told about in this twisted tale of colonialism by Western European countries in the past and the first world countries of the present. We, here in Canada, get the cheap prices, cheap materials and we also get the MAJORITY of any profits made. HOW? By destroying both the people and the environment of the countries we exploit until they have no more profits to make for us.......


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