OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA by Eduardo Galerano
I love to read and history is my favorite subject, without a doubt.
In the course of developing this Website and Blog, I have put several categories to the right of the home page and one of the categories that I have chosen to create is History.
In the category of History, I identify books which in most cases, I have read and have found to be of monumental proportions.
As I get older and continue to read, I learn more and more, how little I know.
However, from the little that I do know, I wish to share and impart to you, a glimpse of knowledge which I have gained and have found to be immensely valuable in understanding the dynamics and paradoxes in this world’s social order.
How, I came across this book is an interesting tale in itself.
President Obama’s first term of office was determined in November of 2008.
He was inaugurated into office in January 2009.
Just three months later, an international summit meeting was held in which all of the world leaders attended.
At this unique meeting of world leaders, an unsuspecting President Obama was approached by then, President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Clutched in Former President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez’ hand was a copy of the book, “Open Veins of Latin America” written by Eduardo Galeano.
This incident was noteworthy, if for no other reason, the United States and Venezuela were not on the best of diplomatic terms at that time.
For what possible reason would one country’s president, approach the adversarial president of the other country, on the world stage, in public and engage to speak to him with a book in his hand?
It was sensational front page material.
The book, “Open Veins of Latin America” by Eduardo Galeano, immediately went from 54,295 to number six best seller at Amazon.com as a result of this exchange between then President Hugo Chavez and President Obama.
Former President of Valenzuela, Hugo Chavez, died, March 5, 2013.
Again, I am not going to do a book review.
I am solely, recommending the book. The reader can go to Amazon.com , google and read the reviews or go to Wikipedia if one so chooses to get in depth reviews of this classic.
Let me just say this.
As a Hispanic, I have always had to wonder why the Latin American countries south of the border have fared so poorly.
In comparison, across the pond, in Europe, they have fared so well.
This book, explained to me what the reasons and causes were and continue to be, why Latin America has a lot to be desired in terms of political stability and progress.