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Silver, sword, and stone : three crucibles in the Latin American story / Marie Arana.

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  • ISBN: 9781501104244
  • ISBN: 1501104241
  • Physical Description: 477 pages : maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 366-458) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Still seeking El Dorado -- Silver. Veins of a mountain god ; Metal hunger ; Trail of the white king ; Blind ambition -- Sword. Blood lust ; Revolutions that shaped Latin America's psyche ; The rise of the strongman and the dragons along the way ; Slow burn -- Stone. The gods before ; Stone trumps stone ; House of God ; It's just our nature.
Summary, etc.:
"Marie Arana tells the stories of three people in contemporary Latin America whose lives emblemize the three powerful historical forces that still shape Latin America: mineral exploitation (silver), violence (sword), and the Church (stone)"-- Provided by publisher.
"Against the background of a thousand years of vivid history, acclaimed writer Marie Arana tells the timely and timeless stories of three contemporary Latin Americans whose lives represent three driving forces that have shaped the character of the region: exploitation (silver), violence (sword), and religion (stone). Leonor Gonzales lives in a tiny community perched 18,000 feet above sea level in the Andean cordillera of Peru, the highest human habitation on earth. Like her late husband, she works the gold mines much as the Indians were forced to do at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Illiteracy, malnutrition, and disease reign as they did five hundred years ago. And now, just as then, a miner's survival depends on a vast global market whose fluctuations are controlled in faraway places. Carlos Buergos is a Cuban who fought in the civil war in Angola and now lives in a quiet community outside New Orleans. He was among hundreds of criminals Cuba expelled to the US in 1980. His story echoes the violence that has coursed through the Americas since before Columbus to the crushing savagery of the Spanish Conquest, and from 19th- and 20th-century wars and revolutions to the military crackdowns that convulse Latin America to this day. Xavier Albo is a Jesuit priest from Barcelona who emigrated to Bolivia, where he works among the indigenous people. He considers himself an Indian in head and heart and, for this, is well known in his adopted country. Although his aim is to learn rather than proselytize, he is an inheritor of a checkered past, where priests marched alongside conquistadors, converting the natives to Christianity, often forcibly, in the effort to win the New World. Ever since, the Catholic Church has played a central role in the political life of Latin America--sometimes for good, sometimes not. In Silver, Sword, and Stone Marie Arana seamlessly weaves these stories with the history of the past millennium to explain three enduring themes that have defined Latin America since pre-Columbian times: the foreign greed for its mineral riches, an ingrained propensity to violence, and the abiding power of religion. What emerges is a vibrant portrait of a people whose lives are increasingly intertwined with our own"-- Provided by publisher.
Against the background of a thousand years of vivid history, Arana tells the timely and timeless stories of three contemporary Latin Americans whose lives represent three driving forces that have shaped the character of the region: exploitation (silver), violence (sword), and religion (stone). In Peru, Leonor Gonzales works the gold mines much as the Indians were forced to do at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Outside New Orleans, Carlos Buergos was among hundreds of criminals Cuba expelled to the US in 1980. In Bolivia, Jesuit priest Xavier Albo works among the indigenous people. Arana weaves their stories with the history of the past millennium, and what emerges is a vibrant portrait of a people whose lives are increasingly intertwined with our own. -- adapted from jacket.
Subject: Gonzales, Leonor.
Buergos, Carlos.
Albó, Xavier, 1934-
HISTORY / Latin America / General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries.
Latin America > Biography.
Latin America > History.
Latin America.
Genre: Biographies.
History.
Biographies.