Dignity and Defiance Book Review
(Santa Cruz, Bolivia)
Dignity and Defiance
Have you read Dignity and Defiance, Stories from Bolivia’s Challenge to Globalization?
(University of California Press). Authors Jim Schulz and Melissa Crane Draper, The Democracy Center.
As the U.S. enters a new political era, what can we learn from one nation’s battle to define its own way forward in a globalizing world? Dignity and Defiance is the story of one country, Bolivia, but it is representative of many countries around the world. The book tells the story of Bolivia's citizen uprisings against the privatization of its natural resources. It travels to jungles and jails to trace the human impact of the U.S. war on drugs. It pedals by bike across the Bolivian highlands to document the disaster left behind by an Enron/Shell oil spill. It digs deep to trace how IMF economic policies led to bloodshed on the steps of the Bolivian Presidential Palace.
Naomi Klein, author of "The Shock Doctrine" says: “This is the little-known story of a people that has dared to fight back against the most powerful economic forces on the planet, told by writers with the courage to dig relentlessly for the truth and the humility to stand back and let their subjects speak for themselves. Enraging, unsparing, inspiring.”
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