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Chávez gift to Obama shoots book to No. 2 on

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Say what you will about Venezuela's fiery leftist President Hugo Chávez, he definitely has the Midas Touch ... at least with book sales.

Just one day after handing President Obama a copy of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, the anti-imperialist tome written in 1970 by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano has shot from being ranked 54,295 on's list of top sellers all the way up to No. 2.

US News and World Report is even calling Mr. Chavez "the next Oprah, at least when it comes to selling books."

Chávez presented the book – which has inspired generations of Latin American leftists – to Mr. Obama at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago this weekend.


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