Hugo's Book Club

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez should seriously consider starting up a book club.

From BBC News:

A book which the Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez presented to US President Barack Obama at the Americas summit has become a bestseller in just two days.

The book, Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, was ranked 54,295 on the sales charts of bookseller Amazon.com.

Now, it has risen to number two.

Written by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, the book looks at the impact of foreign intervention in Latin America in the past five centuries.

It covers the continent's conquest by the Spanish nearly 500 years ago right up to the present day.

President Chavez presented his American counterpart with the book, a favourite of leftists, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad on Saturday.

For real, Chavez could make a killing doing this for a living. Like Oprah Winfrey is for fabricated memoirs, Chavez could be the literary bellwether for books on radical politics. As you may recall from three years ago, he promoted Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance, which also made the top of many bestselling lists.

Here are a couple of books I would recommend for his list, both are relative to current affairs:

Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism by Sarah Babb

The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World by Vijay Prashad

You all can throw in your suggestions too!

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