Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent (Spanish title: Las venas abiertas de América Latina) is an essay book written by Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano. Its divided in two parts and it basically analyses how Latin America has been used by the world powers since the arrival of the early Europeans.
The first part deals specifically with the arrival of Columbus and the Europeans and the resources exploitations. The second part chronicles Latin American history and the most recent external interventions.
Curiously, the book received a sales boost when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez gave a copy of the book to Barack Obama.
Provides examples of:
- Author Tract
- Banana Republic
- Banned in China: Because of the books criticism of the right-wing military governments all around the zone, it was banned in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay (but it isn't anymore.)
- Eagleland: Flavor #2.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Tiny nations that tried to resist international meddling, like Paraguay.
- Shown His Work: Galeano took four years just to compile the information. According to him, he wrote the book in just three months.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The European powers (mainly the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal) and the United States.