Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - History - 218 pages
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A premier volume in Oxford's Pivotal Moments in World History series, Americanos offers an engagingly written, compact history of the Latin American wars of independence. Proceeding almost cinematically, scene by vivid scene, John Charles Chasteen introduces the reader to lead players, basic concepts, key events, and dominant trends, braided together in a single, taut narrative. He vividly depicts the individuals and events of those tumultuous years, capturing the gathering forces for independence, the clashes of troops and decisions of leaders, and the rich, elaborate tapestry of Latin American societies as they embraced nationhood.

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Review: Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence (Pivotal Moments in World History)

User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

I got through this book well enough and learned about about Latin American history, but it was a chore. Despite the short length of the book, it took me about a month to get through. For me, the flaw ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anna Howard - Goodreads

Americanos was a really really frustrating (though interesting) read. Dry at times, compelling at others, the book swung from one branch to another on the tree of the reader's opinions. It zoomed from ... Read full review

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John Charles Chasteen is Patterson Distinguished Term Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both a writer and a translator, his books include Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America.

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