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Gringo : a coming-of-age in Latin America / Chesa Boudin.

By: Boudin, Chesa.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Scribner, 2009Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.Description: ix, 226 p. : map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781416559115 (hc : alk. paper); 1416559116.Subject(s): Boudin, Chesa -- Travel -- South America | Boudin, Chesa -- Travel -- Guatemala | Americans -- Travel -- South America | South America -- Description and travel | Guatemala -- Description and travel | South America -- Politics and government -- 1980-DDC classification: 980.04 BOU | B Online resources: Publisher description | Sample text Summary: Gringo charts two journeys, both of which began a decade ago. The first is the sweeping transformation of Latin American politics that started with Hugo Chávez's inauguration as president of Venezuela in 1999. In that same year, an 18-year-old Chesa Boudin leaves his middle-class Chicago life and arrives in Guatemala. He finds a world where disparities of wealth are even more pronounced and where social change is not confined to classroom or dinner-table conversations, but instead takes place in the streets. While a new generation of progressive Latin American leaders rises to power, Boudin crisscrosses 27 countries. He witnesses the economic crisis in Buenos Aires; works inside Chávez's palace in Caracas; watches protesters battling police on September 11, 2001, in Santiago; descends into ancient silver mines in Potosí; and travels steerage on a riverboat along the length of the Amazon. Including incisive analysis and deep humanity, Boudin's account of this historic period is revelatory.--From publisher description.
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Gringo charts two journeys, both of which began a decade ago. The first is the sweeping transformation of Latin American politics that started with Hugo Chávez's inauguration as president of Venezuela in 1999. In that same year, an 18-year-old Chesa Boudin leaves his middle-class Chicago life and arrives in Guatemala. He finds a world where disparities of wealth are even more pronounced and where social change is not confined to classroom or dinner-table conversations, but instead takes place in the streets. While a new generation of progressive Latin American leaders rises to power, Boudin crisscrosses 27 countries. He witnesses the economic crisis in Buenos Aires; works inside Chávez's palace in Caracas; watches protesters battling police on September 11, 2001, in Santiago; descends into ancient silver mines in Potosí; and travels steerage on a riverboat along the length of the Amazon. Including incisive analysis and deep humanity, Boudin's account of this historic period is revelatory.--From publisher description.

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