Open Veins of Latin America
Publish date: October 1st 1973
Publisher: Monthly Review Press (NY/London)
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Galeano is a Uruguayan journalist/writer who has written a magesterial three-volume expansion on this book since it was published in 1970. It is really a jarring read, especially if you're not familiar with how badly Latin America has been exploited by first Spain and Portugal, then the British Empi...
It took me a while to get through it, but it was well worth it. You can find my review over in my personal blog here.
An interesting book -- it has been influential in some circles -- and it is certainly finely written. I am also sympathetic to what he says. But the book is too repetitive and rhetorical for my tastes. It is enough for me to read once his outrage, and then to let the facts speak for themselves. ...
Interesting book. My favorite quote was a piece of graffiti scrawled on a wall: Eliminate poverty--shoot a beggar. It just goes to show you how hard-hearted some people really are.