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The History of Chile (Palgrave Essential Histories)

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Within Chile is the driest desert in the world, the highest mountain range in the hemisphere, temperate rainforests, and a piece of Antarctica. In all these areas Chileans have created unique communities and, together, a vibrant nation. Chile's history mirrors its geographic variety. From its pre-colonial period, to its days as a Spanish colony, through its many independen
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 5th 2000)
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I'm amused--and possibly a bit chagrined--at all the three or lower ratings for this book that have complaints about it being without feeling or "dry." Have we gotten so used to having our history fictionalized, romanticized, and sang to us that we no longer can read straight non-fiction? Has "creative nonfiction" completely ruined us for anything that isn't "edutainment?" I think maybe it has.

Personally, I liked this book. It's a straight-forward, non-sensationalized history book. It gives the
Steven Voorhees
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I read the book's chapters that focused on the Allende government, its experiment with socialism and the military coup that followed. I did so to familiarize myself with this Chilean history. And also to better appreciate the film MACHUCA (2004), a historical drama about two friends at school in Santiago during the upheaval that consumed Allende and the nation.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
This book contains sections titled: abbreviations and Acronyms; Timeline of Historical Events; Notable People in the History of Chile; Glossary of Selected Terms; and Suggestions for Further Reading, in addition to ten chapters of text. The writing can get so boring I struggled to finish even half a chapter at a time. This country's history cannot be that boring.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Quite informative, and covers a great deal of Chilean history with a broad brush. However, it's a very dry read, lacking in much depth of feeling. I suppose that's not a terrible crime for history book, but still a very stiff writing style.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
A little dry at times and filled with a little more detail than I would have liked about certain events, but overall this was a good overview of the history of the country.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Skimmed through the less interesting parts. Only read this because my son will be spending 2 years in Chile. Makes you appreciate America! Chile has an interesting past.
Oct 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Chile is wondering how they can thank Pinochet publicly. :)
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
It gives a good overview of the history of the country ........... rather dry - but factual. It gave me just the background I needed before planning a trip.
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