Hugo's Gift Keeps on Selling

Volume on colonial oppression becomes overnight best-seller
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2009 9:24 AM CDT
President Obama looks at "The Open Veins of Latin America" after Hugo Chavez handed it to him during a meeting at the Summit of the Americas on Saturday.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hugo Chavez has done for a book on the exploitation of Latin America what Bo did for Portuguese water dogs, the BBC reports. Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent has gone from 54,295th to second on Amazon’s sales charts since the Venezuelan leader presented it to President Obama on Saturday.