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A case in point is Eduardo Galeano's much-admired 1971 book "The Open Veins of Latin America," which has sold more than 1 million copies in 12 languages and defined a generation's view of the region's tortured history.The book is commendable for its ability to describe five centuries of Latin American history with great coherence, something that only a work of fiction can achieve. Galeano's book interprets Latin America's history as the consequence of foreign plunder.Current problems are the result of evil deeds committed by foreign powers that came only to exploit.For example, while Chavez's intention was to double Venezuela's oil production to 6 million barrels per day by 2019 – a feasible goal, given that the country has the world's largest oil reserves – his penchant for expropriation and for firing able dissenters caused output to fall by one-fifth.But to tell the story of Latin America as one of foreign pillage is to ignore the benefits that the region has gained from foreign efforts, especially in Venezuela. In developing countries, economic progress requires absorbing and adapting technology that exists in other places, which necessitates engaging with those that have it.
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