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Genesis by Eduardo Galeano
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Aug 29, 12

Read in February, 2009

Amazing piece of work. The first of a trilogy, Genesis is an inventive narrative history of the Americas. Beginning with aboriginal myths & legends and working through European colonization until 1700, it covers every place from the frigid Alaskan coast to the southern tip of Argentina, with great emphasis on the Caribbean, Peru & Brazil. In short, powerful glimpses, Galeano brings the reader into the minds of the heroes, villains, conquerors, victims, and "average" people of the Americas during this time. It was a blood-drenched, chaotic stretch of history, and every segment of the book conveys the desires and greed that fueled it, as well as the agonies and suffering that resulted. While it's often harrowing, there are brilliant tales and moments of wonder mixed in, offering a massive panoramic of the myriad people involved in the innumerable clashes that abounded. The constant motion can be dizzying, but it's a wondrous ride.

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