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Argentinidad (Kindle Single) (n+1 singles Book 3) by [Kunkel, Benjamin]
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In Argentinidad, Benjamin Kunkel, a founding editor of the acclaimed intellectual journal n+1, uses his deep historical knowledge and local experience to reflect on the past 200 years of Argentine history. He offers a complex and nuanced analysis of why the nation is subject to repeated economic and political calamities and disasters. With tightly crafted, exceptionally well written sentences, Kunkel focuses on the causes: an agrarian-based economy competing against the crop-subsidized markets of North America and Europe, a host of dictators who squandered national opportunities, the demagoguery of three-time president Juan Perón, and many other factors. While some see progress towards political and economic stability, the charm of Argentina is its ever unrealized, ever imminent potential. --Paul Diamond

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  • File Size: 80 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TBD0H6
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I brought this short book on a whim. I don't know that it has an anti-American tone as much as it brings forth the viewpoint of the Argentine people from an American living there. Is that anti-American? No. Reading American news sources, living in America gives you the perspective of an American. That is one viewpoint. This is another. It's a refreshing change. Since Argentina is used as a lesson frequently as to what can go wrong for a country economically it pays to have perspective on their history and choices.
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When I purchased this little writing I was hoping to get some insight into Argentinian identity, on "argentinity" - which is what the title "argentinidad" would mean in English - only to find myself disappointed and confronted with yet another example of sheep-like condescendence and acceptance of the official "relato": the narrative so vehemently implemented and forced upon its citizens and the media by the presidential Kirchner-couple the author seems to be so infatuated by. I've been living in Buenos Aires for six years now, and mind you, I'm far from being the kind of guy that sees conspiracies everywhere. But what happens in this country as far as lying to the public, out-in-the-open corruption and scheming is something so unbelievably surreal that someone has to live here a while to get an idea of its shameless (dis)proportion.
Kunkel wrote this short panflet (I refuse to call it a book) before Cristina Kirchner got reelected as president of Argentina. Already then, with a tiny bit of reality-based critical thinking and fact checking, it would have been really hard for someone not to see through the self-praising, delirious claims the government loves to shower itself in.
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Incisive, well written summary of 20th century Argentina--history, economics, and politics. Especially useful for the background of Peronism, through the Dirty War, the 2001 crisis, to the present-day Kirchner presidency. The tight, well-crafted writing packs much information into the short form, allowing readers to keep up-to-date on Argentina in a single sitting. Editing needed, however--"countries" is misspelled as "counties," and Che does not have an accent mark. (One syllable words have no accent, except to distinguish them from another word spelled the same.) These are easily corrected in the digital format.

I would definitely buy a sequel and hope Kunkel keeps us posted on his observations from Argentina. Priced just right!
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Although the writing style is not very structured or precise, the author makes some interesting points about Argentina's past and its current situation today. There is a left-leaning, anti-USA overtone to the narrative, however, so you might want to read some other books on the topic as well in order to obtain a balanced view. I would have liked to see a section on the influence of the character of the people on the economic and political situation. For example, if you establish the same public policy in Germany and Italy, the outcome of the policy might differ in the two countries - the cultural aspects of the two societies will affect the interpretation of and the adherence to the policy. An assessment on this type of cultural aspect on Argentina's successes and failures would be interesting.
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