So Chavez gave President Obama a book about Latin American history, Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano. So you can guess who the author blames for much of the problems of Latin America today, and also what Chavez is trying to say to Obama.
So naturally, I want to read it!
It’s quite inexpensive actually, only $12.24 paperback. But what’s notable is that it wasn’t a very well-known book. Perhaps among people who specifically study the history of Latin American politics and economy it might be important, and from what I’ve heard it’s very well-written and engaging. But since Obama received the book, its sales on Amazon have SOARED! Jake Tapper was recording the book’s success based on Amazon ratings and it started out at #54,295 before the story went to press, and now it’s at #7, as of the time I’m writing this entry. That’s incredible. I feel like that’s not even necessarily a comment on politics; it just shows how absolutely viral messages can be on the Internet. Wow.
But that wasn’t the main point of my blog. I wanted to complain, as bloggers should1, that it isn’t yet available for the Kindle! Help meeeee and click on the “I’d like to read this book on Kindle” link on the product page!
1 I’m kidding. Sort of.