Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin The usa. It’s also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the best quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx.
Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the quite a lot of facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he’s 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 all through the Caribbean, and the entire way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the US 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 some of the important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.