The Open Veins of Latin America – Hugo’s book club pick
Poor old Barack Obama. When he goes anywhere in the world, people are going to give him books they think he should read. It’s like being a child at Christmas when uncles and aunts have heard that you are good at something and they end up giving you a rubbish book.
Hugo Chávez gave The Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano to Obama at the weekend. “I thought it was one of Chávez’s books. I was going to give him one of mine,” the president said.
Rumour has it Chavez’s minnions bought up copies of the book to send it into the Amazon’s top 10 at the weekend. Now that’s what I call political intrigue.
Here’s 15 pages of comment in Spanish on whether Chavez’s people forced the book up Amazon’s rankings.