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The Resource Redeemers : ideas and power in Latin America, Enrique Krauze ; translated by Hank Heifetz and Natasha Wimmer

Redeemers : ideas and power in Latin America, Enrique Krauze ; translated by Hank Heifetz and Natasha Wimmer

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Redeemers : ideas and power in Latin America
Title
Redeemers
Title remainder
ideas and power in Latin America
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Enrique Krauze ; translated by Hank Heifetz and Natasha Wimmer
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  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Review
  • Latin America often seems to be a place of wildly contrasting political ideals, pitting colonialism against national liberation, populist reformers against conservative oligarchies, and socialism against capitalism. In his latest book, Krauze (Mexico: A Biography of Power) attempts to weave together the disparate threads of all the feuding orthodoxies through mini-biographies of 12 leaders and thinkers: 11 men and one woman (Eva PerÃ3n) . Krauze, perhaps Mexico's most widely respected intellectual, is uniquely suited to the task, and the resulting tapestry is both persuasive and evocative. A few of the 12 are of questionable lasting value—the choice of Hugo Chávez, whom Krauze presents as "not a man of ideas but neither is he a man without ideas," will likely not withstand the test of time, and Subcomandante Marcos perhaps seems more influential in Mexico than in the region as a whole. Krauze's work also suffers from the lack of any connective tissue linking one portrait to the next, but it is not difficult to see the contradictory trajectories and gyrations of Latin America on the whole in the lives of each individual. Krauze's portrayal of Octavio Paz as "the great heretic... a status that deeply offended him and maintained him in a state of exaltation and constant readiness for combat" could just as easily describe Latin America itself, as the author demonstrates in examining the ideas of these 12 figures. 12 b&w photos. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 6, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 23, p)
  • Accessible roundup of the evolution of modern Latin American political thought via the lives and convictions of key leaders and writers. Mexican journalist and editor Krauze (Mexico: Biography of Power, 1997, etc.) shapes his work through an engaging mixture of biography and historical currents in the style of Isaiah Berlin or Edmund Wilson, thus allowing lay readers to follow what can sometimes be for the English reader a dizzying succession of revolutions, doctrine and caudillos. The author proceeds more or less chronologically, from the late 19th century to the present, from the lives of four prophets—the four Josés (Martí, RodÃ3, Vasconcelos and Mariátegui) through poet Octavio Paz, popular icons Eva PerÃ3n and Che Guevara, novelists Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa and present-day Venezuelan hero à la Bolivar, Hugo Chávez. In Martí, a Cuban-born New Yorker journalist advocating for Cuban independence, Krauze traces the beginnings of Latin American disenchantment with American-style freedom when the U.S. defeated Spain in 1898. The Generation of '98 was galvanized by work such as RodÃ3's Ariel, which reversed ongoing racist, imperialist theories by asserting the superiority of Latin American culture "over the mere utilitarianism espoused by the Caliban of the North." RodÃ3's emphasis on the education of youth, Vasconcelos's fashioning of the Mexican foundation myth and Mariátegui's affirmation of Peruvian indigenous culture and pride set the stage for the next generation's Marxism ideology and revolution. While the poetry of Nobel Prize winner Paz would reflect both his sympathy for communism and later disillusionment with the Soviet Union, the sweeping prose of García Márquez and Vargas Llosa took on the mythopoesis of the dictator and revolutionary. Charismatically tragic figures like PerÃ3n and Guevara fulfilled themes of Christian martyrdom, while the postmodern Chávez reignites the cult of the leader, despite the promising evolution of electoral democracy in all of Latin America. Krauze demystifies for his North American neighbors the crucial ideas that have shaped Latin America and rendered it distinct from the United States.  (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2011)
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collective biography
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393383
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Krauze, Enrique
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Intellectuals
  • Politicians
  • Revolutionaries
  • Latin America
  • Latin America
  • Political science
  • Political science
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Latin America
  • Latin America
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ideas and power in Latin America
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Redeemers : ideas and power in Latin America, Enrique Krauze ; translated by Hank Heifetz and Natasha Wimmer
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Copyright
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Translated from the Spanish
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
820718
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 538 pages
Isbn
9780066214733
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(hardcover)
Lccn
2010052591
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780066214733
  • (OCoLC)670475847
Label
Redeemers : ideas and power in Latin America, Enrique Krauze ; translated by Hank Heifetz and Natasha Wimmer
Publication
Copyright
Note
Translated from the Spanish
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
820718
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 538 pages
Isbn
9780066214733
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010052591
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780066214733
  • (OCoLC)670475847

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