Best Books About South American History You Should Include in Your Reading List

By | 21 September, 2020

If you want to satisfy your curiosity and explore the time and space by staying at home, nothing could be better than reading books. Historic books allow us to explore the past adventures about the common citizens, wars, kings, conquerors, and much more. They provide us information about how the nations were formed. 

In this article, we have made a list of the best books about South America’s history. It is one of the seven continents on Earth and has an amazing history. It is popularly known for its Amazon Rainforest, diverse culture, and the Amazon (world’s largest river). 

A wide range of books is available in the market on the history of South America. We have made a list of the five best books that you should include in your reading list if you want to explore Latin America’s history.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Mark Adams

The writer of this book Mark Adams is an adventurer and is interested in the amusing citadel of Machu Picchu. In this book, the author describes his trip to the citadel with his colleague to discover the castle and region. 

Adams explains this piece of land in a narrative manner by adding funny moments, his thoughts, and elements of history. If you are curious about South America, then this book is a must-read for you. 

In Patagonia: Bruce Chatwin 

In this book, the author explains the vision of his journey to Patagonia. The book has beautiful narration, including the historical evidence of different places, stories, precise territory descriptions, and funny anecdotes. 

The author describes the historical development of the land by gathering information from local residents and literature. If you are interested in South America’s history, you should include this book on your reading list. 

Open Veins of Latin America: Eduardo Galeano

The best part about this book is that in this, the author focuses on the political and economic history of Latin America. It will allow you to get information about the historical development of the regions and how they got the condition they are now. This is a perfect book for you if you want to explore the history of South America in a nutshell. 

At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: John Gimlette

In this book, Gimlette describes the history of Paraguayan in the most coherent and credible way. It includes an outline of the history of this region since its appearance and development. 

The book includes the experience of the author on his trip to this beautiful country. If you love historical books containing the political reference, then this one is a must-read for you. 

Marching Powder: Thomas McFadden

This book is about San Pedro prison in La Paz. It is one of the most attractive places as it does not operate in a normal manner. In this prison, prisoners are allowed to lead a civil life with socio-economic structure and in-prison infrastructure.

In this book, the author outlines high life experiences when he got stuck with a prisoner of San Pedro. This book explains a fascinating story about South America from a completely different perspective.  

Final Words

There are various book stores in America from where you can get this book shipped to your doorstep. Various shipment services for shipping books and ship second-hand instruments and equipment are available in the market. You can also purchase these books online. 


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