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Born in Blood & Fire: A Concise History of Latin America, Second Edition Paperback – November 21, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0393927696 ISBN-10: 0393927695 Edition: Second Edition

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About the Author

John Charles Chasteen is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the highly acclaimed translator of Tulio Halperin Donghi’s The Contemporary History of Latin America. He is also the author of Heroes on Horseback: The Life and Times of the Last Gaucho Caudillos and National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Second Edition edition (November 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393927695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393927696
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 9, 2007
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I am reading this book for a class on Independence and Nationalism in Latin America and find that it is only appropriate for a very general survey of Latin American history. It is, perhaps, too concise! It is, however, informative and a very simple read. Chasteen wanted to make a history of Latin America readable and approachable and this book is definitely both. I would recommend this text with reservations. It paints a picture that is somewhat biased and full of holes. As an introductory reader, however, it succeeds.

Would have given it a four-star rating, but the edition pictured (2006, second edition) is riddled with typographical errors. The index cites pages that are either blank or diagrams not related to the terms. Not exactly helpful! For example, the entry for Diego Rivera points to page 215, which is BLANK. The other side of the page (216) is in fact a mural by Rivera, but what gives?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DomnulVJB on December 30, 2012
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I picked up this title as I believed myself a little deficient in Spanish-speaking history and this book provided "just the right amount."

No book in itself will ever give you a complete history and every nation has its own history to purport. My key interest in the book was how the models of progress, liberalism, nationalism, and democracy have become real battlegrounds in Spanish-speaking history. I found that Chasteen's work was inviting, lucid, and thought-provoking, no doubt to as to why it's been adapted for undergrad use.

A definite primer for anyone interested in Spanish-speaking history.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fahim on November 2, 2009
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I could not believe this book was real. It was written so well and it was so engrossing that I could NOT put it down. I remember reading the chapters before our professor assigned them.

It remains one of my favorite history books of all time and I can't wait to read Professor Chasteen's newest Book Americanos.Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence (Pivotal Moments in World History)

This book opened up the question of Why we really study history and what makes history interesting. It relates first hand accounts of people from Latin American and gives the reader insight into the feelings of the bitterness and the struggles.

Concepts of hegemony and true patriotism are discussed at length and the chapters cover the years quite evenly.

Thanks again for a great job and wonderful read.
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By John Spurlock on February 6, 2014
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Chasteen's casual style of writing offers a palatable yet compelling account of Latin America's tumultuous history that spans over half a millennium. I would highly recommend this book for history students and aficionados seeking to establish a foundational understanding of imperialism's most expansive experiment. Chasteen's story is paramount for understanding current political climates and the future trajectory of Latin America.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RedRosy on March 7, 2006
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I was assigned to read this book for my class in Latin American Studies. I especially liked the time line the author inserts before chapter 1 and the time lines he inserts for each period. The information in this book is extensive and serves well as a textbook.
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Never expected to read a history book and be so immersed into the historic events of "the encounter". For thouse who are interested to learn more about the Latin American culture, this book you SHOULD read without a doubt.
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By gabi pacheco on September 4, 2013
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I love this book, granted I love Latin American history. Regardless, this book was very well written and both me and my mother enjoyed it.
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By Max on July 12, 2013
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Excellent introduction to Latin American history. Serves as a good corollary to research. Section on Spanish conquest is very good.
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