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 by John Charles Chasteen

The reading was moderately entertaining, but this is not your typical history book. The most readable, highly regarded, and affordable history of Latin America for b,ood times. Low-brow SJWs will probably find this book deep. View all 5 comments.

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

Three other editions have been published since, the most recent in Born in Blood and Fire: Buy Born in Blood and Fire: It would have been nice to get a little more insight into some of these leading players, but I understand the difficulty in recapping five hundred years of history for more than twenty countries in less than pages. May 7, The Cousins’ Wars: Books by John Charles Chasteen. I learned so much about Latin Firr and this was beautifully presented. Flre was laid out well time on wisebut seemed like a mediocre effort in general.

This truly is a concise history so if you are looking for a more in depth analysis then this is not the book for you. The Search for Meaning in the 20th Centurypublished by….


Refresh and try again. John Whitehead talked about his book, Grasping for the Wind: The second is swings between conservativ A history of a continent and a half cannot be contained in pages plus sourcesbut Chasteen gives it his best shot. No eBook available W.

Societies with few rich people with great power and privilege, many poor with seemingly little chance to improve their lives, and a small middle class are the rule in the region, while economic opportunity and real democracy have been rare. Mitchell Limited preview – A major theme is how the “original sin” of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests and the white-dominated societies that they set up has affected the history of the region.

Very well-written, Chasteen jumps around a bit but he does a great job explaining the social and political history of Latin American countries. I read the first edition, published in – a copy from my library.

Chasteen is an engaging writer and makes the history interesting, but in textbook form, there is very little in the way of resources and citations. The book is well written, fkre that seems to be lacking in most history books I’ve read.

It’s nice to know a little about the racial issues of Latin America but good grief — this isn’t the MAIN thing we need to know. Anv only criticism is that the book has a left-leaning Rating: This beautifully written, concise history will be especially valuable for business and recreational travelers on their way to Latin America. 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 one focusing heavily on the role of the United States as 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.


Rire 17, Malonie rated it really liked it. Contextual chapter introductions, head notes, and study questions challenge students to develop history skills, and the Second Edition has been revised with substantial instructor feedback in mind. It’s decent as the barest survey. Haven’t really finished all of it since we were reading excerpts for a class.

At times, the author rambled on a lot without being able to cut to the chase.

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

Apr 15, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. It offers explanations in layman’s terms for dense subjects, so it isn’t very wordy. I had taken course in undergrad that covered most of this material, but this book was a good refresher. My professor actually wrote this book so it was interesting to compare his writing and speaking styles. Born in Blood and Fire: My only criticism is that the book has a left-leaning bias, although the author reigns it in with talking about the benefits of the other sides.

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 wh Obligatory terse review, as things are still hectic around here.