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“Tinker Salas has written a monograph that bridges business and social and cultural history, but he has also written a study in class formation, the Venezuelan middle class, to be specific. The result is not only quite successful but also thoroughly enjoyable. . . . Tinker Salas has written a wonderful book that merits a wide audience, not only among students of Venezuela, but anyone who is interested in learning about the legacies of oil worldwide.” - Myrna Santiago, Enterprise and Society


“Few other historical books have been published with the perfect timing of Miguel Tinker Salas’s excellent study of the oil multinationals’ cultural and social legacy in Venezuela. . . . Covering a period of around a hundred years, The Enduring Legacy provides a concise, well-supported background to contemporary oil politics and social conflict in Venezuela. . . . The Enduring Legacy will undoubtedly become required reading for students of the Venezuelan oil industry. It will appeal not only to scholars and graduate students but also to undergraduates and general readers.” - Marcelo Bucheli, Business History Review


“This book is a good general introduction to some cultural aspects of modern Venezuela, and it shows an important research area in the country’s oil history; Tinker Salas certainly makes a significant contribution to this field.” - Marco Cupolo, Latin American Politics and Society


The Enduring Legacy is a rare exploration of the complex interconnections between the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of petroleum dependency. . . . Tinker Salas’ unique history is an important addition to the literature on Venezuela and other oil-dependent economies.” - Tom Angotti, Canadian Journal of Latin American & Caribbean Studies


“Tinker Salas’s well-researched book helps us understand the role that oil
played in shaping class, race, and gender relations in the twentieth century,
particularly in the oil industry.” - Harold A. Trinkunas, Latin American Research Review


“[A] magnificent survey of the heavy stain of oil that has splashed and seeped across Venezuelan society during the twentieth century. . . . The Enduring Legacy is a sharp piece of writing and research. It complements the existing literature well by providing insight into the human and cultural side of oil operations, and blurring the distinctions between the hegemonic oil companies and exploited Venezuelans.” - Matthew Brown, Bulletin of Latin American Research


The Enduring Legacy illuminates a national landscape deeply shaped by the oil industry, yet often analyzed as if this industry were an economic enclave isolated from Venezuelan society. Miguel Tinker Salas convincingly argues that from the outset, this industry was a crucible of social transformations within and beyond itself. By examining the transmutation of this industry from a foreign enclave to a national industry, this valuable book offers a sweeping view of one hundred years of Venezuelan history.”—Fernando Coronil, author of The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela


“Miguel Tinker Salas leaves no stone unturned in his examination of the Venezuelan oil industry and in the process demonstrates its all-encompassing influence on the political, social, economic, and cultural life of the nation throughout most of the twentieth century. One of his most important contributions is to show how the foreign-owned oil companies ingeniously modified policies in order to adapt to the requirements of different regimes, including dictatorships, transitional governments, and democratic ones. At the same time, however, he amply documents how the multinationals generated resentment and resistance as a result of their imposition on Venezuelans of attitudes and patterns from the metropolis and their spurning of local traditions. In short, The Enduring Legacy is a must read for anyone who wants to go beneath the surface to understand the Venezuelan experience in all its dimensions.”—Steve Ellner, author of Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Conflict, and the Chávez Phenomenon


The Enduring Legacy is a rare exploration of the complex interconnections between the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of petroleum dependency. . . . Tinker Salas’ unique history is an important addition to the literature on Venezuela and other oil-dependent economies.”
(Tom Angotti, Canadian Journal of Latin American & Caribbean Studies)

“[A] magnificent survey of the heavy stain of oil that has splashed and seeped across Venezuelan society during the twentieth century. . . . The Enduring Legacy is a sharp piece of writing and research. It complements the existing literature well by providing insight into the human and cultural side of oil operations, and blurring the distinctions between the hegemonic oil companies and exploited Venezuelans.”
(Matthew Brown, Bulletin of Latin American Research)

“Few other historical books have been published with the perfect timing of Miguel Tinker Salas’s excellent study of the oil multinationals’ cultural and social legacy in Venezuela. . . . Covering a period of around a hundred years, The Enduring Legacy provides a concise, well-supported background to contemporary oil politics and social conflict in Venezuela. . . . The Enduring Legacy will undoubtedly become required reading for students of the Venezuelan oil industry. It will appeal not only to scholars and graduate students but also to undergraduates and general readers.”
(Marcelo Bucheli, Business History Review)

“This book is a good general introduction to some cultural aspects of modern Venezuela, and it shows an important research area in the country’s oil history; Tinker Salas certainly makes a significant contribution to this field.”
(Marco Cupolo, Latin American Politics and Society)

“Tinker Salas’s well-researched book helps us understand the role that oil
played in shaping class, race, and gender relations in the twentieth century,
particularly in the oil industry.”
(Harold A. Trinkunas, Latin American Research Review)

About the Author

Miguel Tinker Salas is Arango Professor in Latin American History and Professor of History and Chicano/a Studies at Pomona College. He is the author of In the Shadow of the Eagles: Sonora and the Transformation of the Border during the Porfiriato and co-editor of Venezuela: Hugo Chávez and the Decline of an “Exceptional Democracy.”

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Product Details

  • Series: American Encounters/Global Interactions
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (May 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082234419X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822344193
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Mcgrath on May 22, 2013
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This is a bit of a niche book, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. I grew up in oil camps in Venezuela as described by the author, and the book offered me insights into life there that I had never considered. I wish the author had included more information about the unfenced areas built by Creole, most notably Judibana, where I lived for 10 years (age 4-13), because I think there were a lot more similarities between Judibana and the other fenced oil camps (I also lived in Hollywood, La Salina in Cabimas). Still, if you're interested in the life of oil ex-pats in Venezuela, but it is a very good read!
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