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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Open Veins of Latin America
for showing how the Americans and Europeans bled the South
Americans dry for over five centuries to fill their own coffers.

Open Veins of Latin America
Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano and Isabel Allende
(1997) - 317 pages
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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, wood and 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.

And it hasn't stopped!

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.

Edward Galeano is a world-renowned Uruguayan journalist and author of the acclaimed trilogy Memory of Fire (American Book Award, 1989), Days and Nights of Love and War, Book of Embraces, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, and Upside Down.

Isabel Allende is the award-winning author of several novels including In the House of the Spirits, The Infinite Plan, Paula, Aphrodite, and Daughter of Fortune.

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Open Veins of Latin America
Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Open Veins of Latin America
for showing how the Americans and Europeans bled the South
Americans dry for over five centuries to fill their own coffers.