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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, 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.


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“This book is a monument in our Latin American history. It allows us to learn history, and we have to build on this history.”

— Hugo Chávez, as reported by the BBC

“A superbly written, excellently translated, and powerfully persuasive expose which all students of Latin American and U.S. history must read.”

— CHOICE, American Library Association

“I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Galeano’s vision is unswerving, surgical and yet immensely generous and humane. This book, written more than thirty years ago, contains profound lessons for contemporary India. Eduardo Galeano ought to be a household name in this country.”

— Arundhati Roy



"Una bomba literaria que muy probablemente Obama no ha leído, pero que -seamos justos- en efecto tendría que leer...Imaginemos la escena: acomodado en su asiento del Air Force One rumbo a Washington, Obama toma el libro que le obsequió Chávez y, más por aburrimiento que por curiosidad, lo hojea al desgaire, lee un par de párrafos y, como le ha ocurrido a miles, queda atrapado por la un tanto engañosa pero siempre inquietante narración de Galeano. Alguien tan sensible a las humillaciones sufridas por los afroamericanos podría descubrir en sus páginas más de una coincidencia con su educación radical, y sin duda le ayudaría a comprender mejor a quienes desconfían de Estados Unidos, incluso de esa parte de Estados Unidos que, escapando a los prejuicios, le permitió convertirse en presidente."

- Jorge Volpi, "El País", Spain


"Este libro supera todo lo que yo jamás he leído sobre el tema, y permanecerá a lo largo de los años venideros. Una obra maestra. "

- Carleton Beals, "Monthly Review", USA.

"Este reportaje-ensayo-mural-obra de artesanía admirable ensambla géneros que andaban dispersos: la historia económica, el relato vital.. "


- Hugo Neira, "Expreso", Perú.

"El mejor libro sobre nuestro maltratado continente."

- Hernán Invernizzi, "El Cronista Comercial",Argentina.

"Bienvenida sea esta historia de América Latina que recoge los hechos, tiene profundidad teórica y es sumamente legible. Un excelente trabajo. "


- Peter Roman, "Science and Society", USA.

"Este libro de Galeano es absolutamente imprescindible para todos los interesados en América Latina.

- "Deutsche Volkszeitung", Alemania Federal.

"Una contribución muy importante a la comprensión del pasado que alimenta un presente ambiguo e incierto. "

- Marcel Niedergang, "Le Monde", Francia.

"Un gran escritor y una gran obra, que hoy me parece más actual y necesaria que cuando apareció. "

- Jean Ziegler, "Afrique-Asie", Francia.


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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: SIGLO XXI EDITORES, S. A. DE C. V. (June 1, 1994)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9682319005
  • ISBN-13: 978-9682319006
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Este libro es un clasico. Te ayudara a entender el presente de America Latina llendo al pasado. Como fuimos invadidos por los europeos y nuestras riquezas saqueadas. Como se creo el sistema de produccion existente que nos ha mantenido "suddesarrollado", cual que el papel de los Estados Unidos y de los gobiernos corruptos Latinoamericanos". El libro es un grito por la libertad, una voz que se alza para decir basta ya de tanta sangre inocente derramada. Este libro nos recuerda que no debemos olvidar nuestra historia. porque "los pueblos que olvidan su historia cometen los mismos errores."
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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Justo S. on December 15, 2002
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Podemos decir sin dificultad que este es un libro contra el capitalismo; lo es. O que el autor da una opinión parcial; así lo hace.
En este libro se muestra lo que pretende ser la otra cara de la historia y las noticias: Los datos que no conseguiríamos al buscar en sitios "oficiales" (reportes del FMI, grandes agencias noticiosas y similares). En el libro se dan datos acerca de pobreza, miseria, traición, asesinatos, hambre,...
Podemos estar de acuerdo o no. De cualquier modo, para tener una mejor perspectiva de la situación, recomiendo leer también El manual del perfecto idiota latinoamericano, libro que considero el complemento de Las venas abiertas de América Latina.
Aunque esté de más decirlo, conviene leer ambos libros críticamente, con la cabeza fría, como debe ser con los libros de estos temas.
Las venas... ha sido prohibido en algunos países, aunque está en su 73ra edición en español (2001). La primera edición es de 1970 y la revisión de 1978. Nada cambia de una a otra, sólo algunos datos son añadidos. Esto es una muestra de su gran popularidad, pero cada lector debe decidir acerca de la veracidad de su contenido.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Zorroeast on April 9, 2000
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This Book was written By Galeano in 90 days ( moolighting) after his regular work in 1970. Yet it is the most enlightening account of 500 years of ransaking of a continent along with Genocide. This one and John Dos Pasos's USA, constitute the masterpieces in meta-historic literature. It is the story of spanish , british and american colonialism. What a shame for the guilty. A must read for all americans ( north and south of the border)... to see the naked truth. It also explains how this happened with the help of conquistadores, ( the Cross and the Sword)along with the more recent and most corrupt mother-land sellers, diplomacy, dictators and transnationals. A must read for burocrats and hypocrits in international finance agencies, as well as the lay people interested in knowing the facts anywhere from the Bearing Strait to the Patagonia.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Educador on May 10, 2009
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This book was gifted by President Chavez (Venezuela) to President Obama (US)

As controversial as when it was first published over 30 years ago, a study by an award-winning Uruguayan-born journalist, historian, and political activist details the historical exploitation of Latin America by the original conquistadores, and laments ongoing and deliberate actions of the U.S. and European corporations to purposely wreck, penalize, and destroy Third World economies and societies.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Hector Miranda on December 21, 1999
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Este libro es uno de los mejores que he leído en mi vida. Muchos latinoamericanos piensan que somos vagos, que no podemos valernos por nosotros mismos, y que por lo tanto, somos los culpables de nuestro mal. Se olvidan del enemigo #1 de la igualdad: El Capitalismo. Creen ustedes que si aprendemos a cocinar papitas fritas mejor que los gringos, o hacemos mejores bebidas, estos nos dejaran en paz? Acaso, si los latinos decidimos actuar en pro de la libertad y explotamos para nosotros mismos las riquezas de nuestras tierras los capitalistas lo aceptaran con los brazos abiertos? De eso se trata, amigos; que nuestra libertad ha sido oprimida, y que, por mas que queramos cambiar, "el dinero hace girar al mundo", y que gracias al poder adquisitivo, militar y monopolista del imperio, nunca podremos hacer nada. Recuerden: Los sueños de por sí, no alimentan el cuerpo de un niño. Seamos realistas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo on February 16, 2014
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Así nos deberían enseñar historia en la escuela, perspectivas que demuestran realidad.
Es increíble que un libro escrito hace 40 años nos presente tan clara la realidad de hoy en día.
Totalmente recomendado/indispensable para todos
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luis Fernando Mahecha on August 18, 2013
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Este ha sido uno de mis libros preferidos por su contenido analítico acerca de la problemática social latinoamericana y sus consecuencias político-económicas. Todos los latinoamericanos deberían leerlo como documentación e información histórica; sólo así, se pueden entender las causas de nuestras revueltas y convulsiones sociales, y despejar los lentes que nos permitan ver hacia un futuro pluralista y verdaderamente libre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pia on July 31, 2013
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Es un clásico que debe leerse. Galeano explica como desde el comienzo de la colonización, A.Latina fué abusada. Muy buen libro!
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