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Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America

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ISBN13: 9780066214733
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Latin America has been of vital importance to the United States almost since the birth of our nation, and the significance of this relationship has only increased in recent decades. But mutual understanding between these regions is lacking, even as Latin Americans are striving to promote the values of democracy in their native countries and beyond. Why has this process proved to be such a struggle, and what does the future of the region hold?

In Redeemers, acclaimed historian Enrique Krauze presents the major ideas that have formed the modern Latin American political mind during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from early postcolonial authoritarian regimes to nineteenth-century Liberalism and Conservatism, and then the impact of Socialism and Marxism as well as nationalism and indigenism and the movement toward liberal democracy of recent years. Krauze looks closely at how these ideas have been expressed in the lives of influential revolutionaries, thinkers, poets, and novelists—figures whose lives were marked by a passionate involvement in history, power, and, for some, revolution, as well as a personal commitment to love, friendship, and family. Krauzes subjects come from across the continents. Here are the Cuban José Martí; the Argentines Che Guevara and Evita Perón; the groundbreaking political thinkers José Vasconcelos of Mexico and José Carlos Mariátegui from Peru. Writers José Enrique Rodó, Mario Vargas Llosa, Octavio Paz, and Gabriel García Márquez reinforce the importance of imagination to inspire social change.

Redeemers also highlights Mexicos Samuel Ruiz and Subcomandante Marcos and Venezuelas president Hugo Chávez, and their influence on contemporary Latin America.

In this brilliant and deeply researched history, Enrique Krauze uses the range of these extraordinary lives to illuminate the struggle that has defined Latin American history: an ever-precarious balance between the ideal of democracy and the temptation of political messianism. Through this comprehensive collage of the distinct but interconnected experiences and views of these twelve fascinating cultural and political figures, we can better understand how this balance continues to affect Latin America today and how its nations will define themselves and relate to the larger world in the years ahead.

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An epicintellectual history of Latin America by one of the regions most prominentthinkers

Inhis first book to appear in English since Mexico: Biography in Power, awork which the Wall Street Journal calls “the standard history ofpostcolonial Mexico,” prize-winning author Enrique Krauzeilluminates the evolution of political, social, and philosophical discourses inLatin America. With echoes of Richard Hofstadter and Edmund Wilson, Krauze explores the Latin American intellectual traditionby deftly animating its decisive figures, from Octavio Paz to Che Guevara, José Vasconcelos toHugo Chávez, and inscribing them upon a vivid landscape of patriotism,opportunism, morality, and avarice—and of love, honor, loyalty, and identity. Redeemersdelivers an unparalleled explication of the roots of ideology and action inLatin America today.

About the Author

Enrique Krauze is a well-known Mexican historian and journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and The New Republic. He lives in Mexico City.

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Robert-Paul, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Robert-Paul)
Redeemers is an excellent way for north americans to become familair with the works of Enrique Krauze and the world that exists from south of the Rio Grande all the way to Tierra del Fuego. For too many north americans all that we know is what we are fed by our biased press and government. Here is an excellent opportunity to discover the minds of the makers and shakers of Latin America. If you wonder why the average latino isn't particularly fond of us, read this book and you will begin to have a better undertanding of the sad role we have played in ignoring the good and propping up the bad throughout Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Krauze is well worth discovering beyond this, his latest work, for a better and fairer understanding of our neighbor, Mexico, in whose affairs we have managed to interfere usually to Mexico's and her people's detriment. While reading this book I kept remembering the words of one of Mexico's most nefarious leaders, Porfirio Diaz, "Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States". After reading "Redeemers" I would think this could be said for all of Latin America.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780066214733
Subtitle:
Ideas and Power in Latin America
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Krauze, Enrique
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110816
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17.78 oz

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An epicintellectual history of Latin America by one of the regions most prominentthinkers

Inhis first book to appear in English since Mexico: Biography in Power, awork which the Wall Street Journal calls “the standard history ofpostcolonial Mexico,” prize-winning author Enrique Krauzeilluminates the evolution of political, social, and philosophical discourses inLatin America. With echoes of Richard Hofstadter and Edmund Wilson, Krauze explores the Latin American intellectual traditionby deftly animating its decisive figures, from Octavio Paz to Che Guevara, José Vasconcelos toHugo Chávez, and inscribing them upon a vivid landscape of patriotism,opportunism, morality, and avarice—and of love, honor, loyalty, and identity. Redeemersdelivers an unparalleled explication of the roots of ideology and action inLatin America today.

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