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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: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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.


Press reviews:


“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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35 of 42 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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9 of 9 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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44 of 56 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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46 of 59 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 15, 2012
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This book is a "classic" in the sense that it has remained extremely popular for almost 40 years. It gives a view of Latin America as a continent perpetually victimized by exploiters, first the conquistadores, later the imperialist Americans. Plenty of facts here, and much food for thought, no doubt. But this is not the end of the story. The book cannot be regarded as a "classic" in another sense: it does not provide the reader with even an attempt to objectivity, it is single-minded and even, at times, reads as a pamphlet. Anybody that read Las Venas Abiertas need also to read some balancing book. Perhaps the much more difficult Espejo de Prospero, of Morse, or even another pamphlet, but of the opposite sign, like El Manual del Perfecto Idiota Latinoamericano. In any case, Galeano, which is a splendid writer, is also selling an agenda, and readers should be aware of this.
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24 of 34 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James J. Denike on January 15, 2013
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This brief history of the entry of so-called civilized nations into the Americas makes what the US did to the native american indian population seem like a girl scout picnic in comparison. How millions upon millions of people were either enslaved or outright murdered by the greed of foreign powers is an incredible story. This should be required reading for all, but especially for those contemplating careers in foreign service or the military. Especially compelling is the US CIA involvement in the training of Death Squads in Guatemala. Talk about sleeping with the devil.
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