• Born in Blood and Fire: Fourth Edition

  • A Concise History of Latin America
  • By: John Charles Chasteen
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The most highly regarded and affordable history of Latin America for our times.

Born in Blood and Fire, Fourth Edition has been extensively revised to heighten emphasis on current cultural analyses of Latin American society and facilitate meaningful connections between the Encounter and the present.

©2016, 2011, 2006, 2001 W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2020 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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Good general history

I thought it was very good and not too complicated. I think my students will get a lot out of it.

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Excellent synopsis of a very broad history.

Both well performed and written, this book may not be considered unbiased by some but after learning history that was intentionally avoided in my school I suppose its impossible not to feel a bit shocked. Everything was well organized and relevant. I can't say I'd change anything. It gave a lot of information that overlapped with other things I've read lately so now I'm looking forward to reading Open Veins of Latin America as well as several others. I appreciate the narrator a lot as well. He did the reading for another book I listened to and he manages to keep the tone serious without sounding bored, which I think is very hard to do.

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Typical Leftist History

A typical leftist history replete with misunderstandings of economics and a decidedly anti-American bias in the 20th century. Otherwise it is well written and the narrator is good. I would not recommend as a complete history of Latin America as it is very one-sided but paired with something like Michael Reid's Forgotten Continent it can give one half of the story.

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  • 11-20-20

Not historically accurate.

After 5 chapters of gross generalizations and inaccuracies I decided it was not worth my time.

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Phenomenal place to start to understand Latin America

An excellent historical overview of Latin America. The performance is pretty good as well as the pronunciation of Spanish names and locations is passable, not nearly as rough as many other audiobooks on this topic. Overall I recommend this title

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Interesting but VERY left leaning

Enjoyed the book and learned a lot of history. But it is so overboard leftist, at a certain point it becomes political. Also not sure that blaming the US for all neo-colonial mishaps is appropriate - the local folks in Latin America had a lot to do with their own juntas and poverty.

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I think I found a new book for my syllabus

I enjoyed the book and the contemporary history was spot on. I thought it lacked on some racial analysis throughout, however.

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  • W Charris
  • 01-30-21

Brilliant primer on the continent's history

Enjoyable overview and a great starting point for further investigation in whatever interests you. I love that it highlights some of the more remarkable but less well-known characters from Latin American history, and in particular the amazing women who have been so regretfully overlooked. Narrator is engaging, with a warm and occasionally humourously sardonic tone that keeps your interest.

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  • 06-07-22

Outstanding history of colonized Latin America

The author is comprehensive but brief, coherent and frank, broadly educated and empathetic. I recommend this book to anyone on an intermediate level of Latin American history. The narrator is very clear and does not get in the way of the text whatsoever.