Best Venezuelan History Books
Here you will get Best Venezuelan History Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
1. Street Survival Skills: Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Modern Survival
Author: by Fernando "Ferfal" Aguirre
Published at: Fernando Aguirre Fernández (August 11, 2019)
“After the economic collapse of Argentina, Fernando Aguirre got to see fist-hand what worked and what didn’t when it came to Urban Survival and Preparedness. The hyperinflation and riots were bad, but the daily crime, violence, corruption and failing infrastructure people had to endure for years afterwards was a lot worse.
Based on his experience, Fernando explains in this book different tips, tricks and tactics that work when everything else fails.”-“Street Survival Skills” focuses on the practical side of preparedness: Awareness. Home and street security.Everyday carry.Blackouts. Survival kits and weapons.
How to fight with a gun, knife, bare hands or improvised weapons. How to respond against a terrorist or mass shooter, barricade doors or how to breach them. How to stop a bleeding and carry a casualty.Defensive Driving. Food, cooking, home remedies and many others practical skills you definitely want to know when times get tough!
As a practical urban survival skills manual or as complement to Fernando’s first book “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”, “Street Survival Skills” is a must-have book in your preparedness bookshelf.
2. Bolivar: American Liberator
Author: by Marie Arana
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014)
A brilliant biography that reads like a wonderful novel but is researched like a masterwork of history (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs), this is the epic story of the famous South American general and statesman Simn Bolvar. SIMN BOL VAR El Libertadorfreed six countries from Spanish rule and is still the most revered figure in South America today.
He traveled from Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains, engaged in endless battles and forged fragile coalitions of competing forces and races. He lived an epic life filled with heroism, tragedy (his only wife died young), and legend (he was saved from an assassination attempt by one of his mistresses).
In Bolvar, Marie Arana has written a sweeping biography that is as bold and as passionate as its subject. Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, Arana vividly captures the early nineteenth-century South America that made Bolvar the man he became: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, dedicated abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician.
3. Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America
Author: by Michael Reid
Published at: Yale University Press; New edition (November 14, 2017)
A newly updated edition of the best-selling primer on the social, political, and economic challenges facing Central and South America Ten years after its first publication, Michael Reid’s best-selling survey of the state of contemporary Latin America has been wholly updated to reflect the new realities of the Forgotten Continent.
The former Americas editor for the Economist, Reid suggests that much of Central and South America, though less poor, less unequal, and better educated than before, faces harder economic times now that the commodities boom of the 2000s is over.
His revised, in-depth account of the region reveals dynamic societies more concerned about corruption and climate change, the uncertainties of a Donald Trump-led United States, and a political cycle that, in many cases, is turning from left-wing populism to center-right governments.
This essential new edition provides important insights into the sweeping changes that have occurred in Latin America in recent years and indicates priorities for the future.
4. Bolívar: Libertador de América / Bolivar: American Liberator (Biografías y Memorias) (Spanish Edition)
Author: by Marie Arana
Published at: Debate; 001 edition (May 19, 2020)
Un relato biogrfico vibrante que captura la pica historia de Simn Bolvar, El Libertador. Simn Bolvar se gan el sobrenombre de El Libertador tras poner fin al dominio espaol sobre seis pases. Su vida fue heroica, trgica y legendaria: viaj del Amazonas a los Andes, libr eternas batallas, forj alianzas entre razas rivales…
Partiendo de un gran abanico de fuentes, Marie Arana captura un vvido retrato de la Suramrica de inicios del siglo XIX, la que forj a Bolvar y lo convirti en un valeroso general, un estratega brillante, un escritor portentoso y un poltico sin parangn; en definitiva, uno de los personajes ms admirados de Latinoamrica.
Bolvar es una biografa trepidante en la que el lector hallar la imagen de una vida trgica capturada en todo su esplendor y un conmovedor manifiesto de la verdadera esencia del pueblo latinoamericano. ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONA sweeping narrative worthy of a Hollywood epic, this is the authoritative biography of the warrior-statesman who was the greatest figure in Latin American history.
5. The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Essential Histories Series)
Author: by Marshall C. Eakin
Published at: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (June 12, 2007)
This narrative history of Latin America surveys five centuries in less than five hundred pages. The first third of the book moves from the Americas before Columbus to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The construction of new nations and peoples in the nineteenth century forms the middle third, and the final section analyzes economic development, rising political participation, and the search of identity over the last century.
The collision of peoples and cultures-Native Americans, Europeans, Africans-that defines Latin America, and gives it both its unity and diversity, provides the central theme of this concise, synthetic history.
6. Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela
Author: by Raúl Gallegos
Published at: POTOMAC BOOKS; New edition (September 1, 2019)
Beneath Venezuelan soil lies an ocean of crudethe world’s largest reservesan oil patch that shaped the nature of the global energy business. Unfortunately, a dysfunctional anti-American, leftist government controls this vast resource and has used its wealth to foster voter support, ultimately wreaking economic havoc.
Crude Nation reveals the ways in which this mismanagement has led to Venezuela’s economic ruin and turned the country into a cautionary tale for the world. Ral Gallegos, a former Caracas-based oil correspondent, paints a picture both vivid and analytical of the country’s economic decline, the government’s foolhardy economic policies, and the wrecked lives of Venezuelans.
Without transparency, the Venezuelan government uses oil money to subsidize life for its citizens in myriad unsustainable ways, while regulating nearly every aspect of day-to-day existence in Venezuela. This has created a paradox in which citizens can fill up the tanks of their SUVs for less than one American dollar while simultaneously enduring nationwide shortages of staples such as milk, sugar, and toilet paper.
Bruchko and the Motilone Miracle
Author: by Bruce Olson
Published at: Charisma House; Annotated edition (July 17, 2006)
Bruchko and the Motilone Miracle, the powerful sequel to Bruce Olson’s best-selling missionary classic, Bruchko, is a remarkable tale of adventure, tragedy, faith, and love. It shows how, despite incredible dangers and obstacles, one humble man and a tribe of primitive, violent Indians by joining together in simple obedience have been transformed forever by the sovereign will of god.
This book, which details Olson’s missionary work and events from the 1970s to the present, will stir and encourage the hearts of readers to serve and follow God passionately.
8. Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent: Abridged Edition (Penguin Classics)
Author: by Alexander von Humboldt
Published at: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (May 1, 1996)
One of the greatest nineteenth-century scientist-explorers, Alexander von Humboldt traversed the tropical Spanish Americas between 1799 and 1804. By the time of his death in 1859, he had won international fame for his scientific discoveries, his observations of Native American peoples and his detailed descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘new continent’. The first to draw and speculate on Aztec art, to observe reverse polarity in magnetism and to discover why America is called America, his writings profoundly influenced the course of Victorian culture, causing Darwin to reflect: ‘He alone gives any notion of the feelings which are raised in the mind on first entering the Tropics.’For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
9. Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America
Author: by Robert Harvey
Published at: Skyhorse (January 26, 2021)
A monumental biography that “captures the passion and frenzy in this extraordinary life” (Kirkus Reviews) and is at once “masterful” and “ideal for general readers” (Booklist, starred review) Simn Bolvar freed no fewer than what were to become six countriesa vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extentfrom Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then-mightiest military machine on earth.
The ferocity of his leadership and fighting earned him the grudging nickname the devil from his enemies. His astonishing resilience in the face of military defeat and seemingly hopeless odds, as well his equestrian feat of riding tens of thousands of miles across what remains one of the most inhospitable territories on the planet, earned him the name Culo de HierroIron Assamong his soldiers.
It was one of the most spectacular military campaigns in history, fought against the backdrop of the Andean mountains, through immense flooded savannas, jungles, and shimmering deserts. Indeed, the war itself was medievalfought under warlords across huge spaces by horsemen with lances, and infantry with knives and machetes (as well as muskets).
10. Comandante: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela
Author: by Rory Carroll
Published at: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2014)
The inside story of Hugo Chavez’s rule and complex legacyFew leaders in our time have been as divisive and enigmatic as the late Hugo Chavez. In Comandante, acclaimed journalist Rory Carroll tells the inside story of Chavez’s life, his time as Venezuela’s president, and his legacy.
Based on interviews with ministers, aides, courtiers, and citizens, this intimate piece of reportage chronicles a unique experiment in power that veers among enlightenment, tyranny, comedy, and farce. Carroll also investigates the almost religious devotion of millions of Venezuelans who regarded Chavez as a savior and the loathing of those who branded him as a dictator.
In beautiful prose that blends the lyricism and strangeness of magical realism with the brutal, ugly truth of authoritarianism, Comandante offers a cautionary tale for our times.
11. Wines of South America: The Essential Guide
Author: by Evan Goldstein
Published at: University of California Press; First edition (August 29, 2014)
The most comprehensive guide to the wines of the entire continent, Wines of South America introduces readers to the astounding quality and variety of wines that until recently have been enjoyed, for the most part, only locally. Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein leads wine enthusiasts on an exciting geographical journey across ten countries, describing the wines, grapes, and regions of each.
Goldstein begins the tour with a continental overview, discussing the arrival of the vine and wine culture, surveying the range of grapes planted and cultivated, and summarizing the development of modernday viticulture and winemaking. He explores the two giants of the continent, Argentina and Chile, in expansive chapters that cover their unique histories, wine regions, wine styles, prominent grapes, and leading producers.
Goldstein covers the evolving industries of Brazil and Uruguay and discusses the modern-day activities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Up-to-date maps, several engaging photos, and pertinent statistics support each section, which also feature lively profiles of key individuals and wineries that have influenced the development of the craft.
12. Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976
Author: by Piero Gleijeses
Published at: University of North Carolina Press; New edition (February 24, 2003)
This is a compelling and dramatic account of Cuban policy in Africa from 1959 to 1976 and of its escalating clash with U.S. Policy toward the continent. Piero Gleijeses’s fast-paced narrative takes the reader from Cuba’s first steps to assist Algerian rebels fighting France in 1961, to the secret war between Havana and Washington in Zaire in 1964-65-where 100 Cubans led by Che Guevara clashed with 1,000 mercenaries controlled by the CIA-and, finally, to the dramatic dispatch of 30,000 Cubans to Angola in 1975-76, which stopped the South African advance on Luanda and doomed Henry Kissinger’s major covert operation there.
Based on unprecedented archival research and firsthand interviews in virtually all of the countries involved-Gleijeses was even able to gain extensive access to closed Cuban archives-this comprehensive and balanced work sheds new light on U.S. Foreign policy and CIA covert operations.
It revolutionizes our view of Cuba’s international role, challenges conventional U.S. Beliefs about the influence of the Soviet Union in directing Cuba’s actions in Africa, and provides, for the first time ever, a look from the inside at Cuba’s foreign policy during the Cold War.”Fascinating …
13. Venezuela Before Chavez (Anatomy of an Economic Collapse)
Author: by Ricardo Hausmann
Published at: Penn State University Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2015)
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Venezuela had one of the poorest economies in Latin America, but by 1970 it had become the richest country in the region and one of the twenty richest countries in the world, ahead of countries such as Greece, Israel, and Spain.
Between 1978 and 2001, however, Venezuela’s economy went sharply in reverse, with non-oil GDP declining by almost 19 percent and oil GDP by an astonishing 65 percent. What accounts for this drastic turnabout? The editors of Venezuela Before Chvez, who each played a policymaking role in the country’s economy during the past two decades, have brought together a group of economists and political scientists to examine systematically the impact of a wide range of factors affecting the economy’s collapse, from the cost of labor regulation and the development of financial markets to the weakening of democratic governance and the politics of decisions about industrial policy.
Aside from the editors, the contributors are Omar Bello, Adriana Bermdez, Matas Braun, Javier Corrales, Jonathan Di John, Rafael Di Tella, Javier Donna, Samuel Freije, Dan Levy, Robert MacCulloch, Osmel Manzano, Francisco Monaldi, Mara Antonia Moreno, Daniel Ortega, Michael Penfold, Jos Pineda, Lant Pritchett, Cameron A.
14. The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela
Author: by Fernando Coronil
Published at: University of Chicago Press; 1st edition (November 10, 1997)
In 1935, after the death of dictator General Juan Vicente Gmez, Venezuela consolidated its position as the world’s major oil exporter and began to establish what today is South America’s longest-lasting democratic regime. Endowed with the power of state oil wealth, successive presidents appeared as transcendent figures who could magically transform Venezuela into a modern nation.
During the 1974-78 oil boom, dazzling development projects promised finally to effect this transformation. Yet now the state must struggle to appease its foreign creditors, counter a declining economy, and contain a discontented citizenry. In critical dialogue with contemporary social theory, Fernando Coronil examines key transformations in Venezuela’s polity, culture, and economy, recasting theories of development and highlighting the relevance of these processes for other postcolonial nations.
The result is a timely and compelling historical ethnography of political power at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary reflections on modernity and the state.
15. HISTORY OF VENEZUELA (Palgrave Essential Histories Series)
Author: by H. MICHEAL TARVER
Published at: St. Martin's Griffin (November 28, 2006)
With an upcoming election, Chvez’s involvement with U.S. Oil exports, and the country becoming a leader of an increasingly united South America, this volume provides necessary background information to understand how Venezuela became what it is today. The history begins with Columbus’s third voyage of discovery from Spain.
Spanish explorers named the land Little Venice for the native homes built on stilts at the water’s edge. Tracing the nation’s 300 years as a Spanish colony through a brief unification followed by civil war, Tarver brings Venezuela’s dramatic history to life.
Highlighting events including the discovery of oil in the 1900s and the establishment of democratic government in 1958, Tarver offers a comprehensive chronicle that contextualizes the current unrest under the leadership of Hugo Chvez.