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Century of the Wind by Eduardo Galeano
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Read from February 04 to 09, 2012

The other volumes, though heartbreaking, didn't leave me as despairing as this one. In part because I could tell myself that it was all so long ago, that while the arc of the moral universe is long it does bend, it has been bending, towards justice*. But this volume comes up through the 20th century, up into my lifetime, and I can't deny that this is the world we live in. So the death squads and the IMF-demanded austerity measures and the continual assault on human rights by wealthy corporations--that is all this world.

And yet at the very end there is a little letter from Galeano saying he feels "more than ever proud of having been born in America, in this shit, in this marvel" (279) and I have to agree. Proud of that, and proud of the little school that first educated me on the Americas, and proud of the libraries that preserve history for everyone.




*paraphrased from MLK, himself paraphrasing Theodore Parker.
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