Eduardo Galeano Repents, Will His Adherents Follow Suit?

Sunday, May 4, 2014
In an interview published on, Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano reveals that he considers his 1971 book, “The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent,” so bad that "he wouldn’t be capable of reading it again.”

Galeano's “The Open Veins of Latin America” is a favorite among the region's radicals and anti-U.S. agitators. Its thesis is that all of Latin America's modern-day problems are due to U.S. "exploitation."

That traditional leftist-style prose is awful," Galeano repents today.

He also admitted that he wrote it "without properly knowing enough about economics and politics."

Galeano's comments came at the II Bienal in Brazil, an international book fair held in Brasilia.

At the 5th Summit of the Americas in 2009, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez orchestrated a highly-publicized encounter, where he famously cornered U.S. President Barack Obama and handed him a copy of "The Open Veins of Latin America."

The Open Veins of Latin America” has also been a favorite of U.S. college professors and -- thus -- formed the thinking of Latin Americanists in media, academia and government for decades.

Will Galeano's stunning confession make them pause?