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Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America

[Longhorn Review] Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America

Material Type: All, books — Tags: history, latin america — Posted on July 15, 2008, 3:29 pm

By: John Charles Chasteen

If you are interested in a compelling and easy-to-read overview of the history of
Latin America, this is the book for you. Instead of trying to relate the events that
took place throughout Latin America over five centuries, Chasteen looks at larger
themes and movements shared by countries throughout Latin America. These themes
include the first indigenous encounters with Spaniards, colonialism, independence,
neocolonialism (America’s policy of influencing Latin America), national movements,
and neoliberalism, among others. Each chapter is broken into a theme, and Chasteen
effectively demonstrates how that theme affected and directed the energies of
countries throughout the hemisphere. The book is enjoyable to read, and perfect if
you need to know the high points of Latin American history but would also like a
more in-depth insight into its complexities. If you are traveling in Latin America,
doing business there, interested in the relationship between the U.S. and Latin
America, or just interested in history, this is the book for you.

Reviewer: AJ Johnson

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