John Charles Chasteen (Author, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Born in Blood and Fire, Fourth Edition has been extensively revised to heighten. John Charles Chasteen presents a compelling narrative of the Latin American experience, Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. Born in Blood and Fire has ratings and reviews. Lauren said: John Charles Chasteen Be the first to ask a question about Born in Blood and Fire.

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

Drawing on the most current scholarship, this concise text presents a direct, compelling narrative that spans six centuries and twenty countries. To ask other readers questions about Born in Blood and Fireplease sign up. Clean and concise, this enthusiastic history is a handy summary of Latin America’s colorful and tumultuous journey over the past half millennium.

For a basic history, this is a good place to start. Want to Read saving…. It offers the usual summary of political and historical events in Latin America for Brazil is discussed almost as much as the Hispanophone countrieswith a few moments where the author clears up a few things that either are misconceptions or what he considers to be so.

Public Affairs Event Format: Other editions – View all Born in Blood and Fire: I also have a better idea of the suffering and hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by American interference. Chasteen’s narrative is very readable and is a great introduction to the history of Latin America.

I mostly enjoyed it, but I was turned off by the sudden shift in direction during the last chapter where the author delved a bit on environmental pollution in Latin America in a way that felt entirely one-sided.


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Born in Blood and FireFourth Edition has been extensively revised to heighten emphasis on current cultural analyses of Latin American society and facilitate meaningful connections between the Encounter and the present. Jun 03, Abraham Rincon rated it liked it.

Three other editions have been published since, the most recent in I read the first edition, published in – a copy from my library. Haven’t really finished all of it since we were reading excerpts for a class.

Born in Blood and Fire was an engaging read, with a good structural back-bone, and entertaining where it could have been dense and boring. This is a story of despair and hope, the processes of conquest and colonization, race mixing and class construction, revolution and republic formation, and the elusive quests for sustained economic growth and political and social equality.

Apr 15, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it Shelves: Chasteen talked about the challenge of writing this book and the challenge of telling the story of nineteen Latin America n countries as a single unit. Norton and Company, Inc.

Very helpful source for papers though. Refresh and try again. History is more than a recounting of the actions of great men, though credit is due to the author f A Eurocentric history that shades into chastern focusing heavily on the role of the United States chaseten the author moves through the time, this book could have benefited greatly from an expanded focus on the indigenous and African peoples of Latin America the mestizos get some representation, though perhaps not enough.

Mar 17, This is a chsateen readable history. No eBook available W. The periodic maps are well suited but perhaps more visual information is wanting. Chasteen covers the history of Latin America from to the present with an integrative approach that follows a chronological framework. The book provides insights into all the major ideas through colonization to the present. Chasteen traces two major narratives through the many nations of Central and South America.


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More information about Born in Blood and Fire: Dec 19, Anc Taylor rated it really liked it. He also answered questions from members of the audience.

This work gives an overview of Latin American history and is remarkably readable. I read it for a college history class and was really quite disappointed with it.

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

First of all, the second edition is riddle with typographical errors and annotation errors. But I have little sense of South America as informed by its history.

Born in Blood and Fire was originally published by W. The famous and not so famous characters of Latin America are here: But this is a worthy and useful venture none-the-less, providing a great jumping off point for the uninitiated.

There were many people and events that I wanted to learn more about-for example, Simon Bolivar, who gets the briefest of mentions borh the text, or Getulio Vargas, the longtime President of Brazil who committed suicide in office in I read this book for a Latin America history course.

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