This has been a year of surprises for the US, with respect to Puerto Ricans.
Back in February, a Puerto Rican won the Powerball in Ponce…and many Americans discovered that Puerto Ricans were US citizens, that the Euro was not the island’s currency, and that Puerto Ricans do pay taxes: more taxes than many North Americans.
In June, Governor Garcia Padilla announced that Puerto Rico’s “public debt” was not payable in its current form.
In July, three IMF economists published The Krueger Report: suggesting that the debt was payable…if Puerto Rico abandoned the minimum wage and re-enacted child labor laws throughout the island.
In August, the island said “Hell no!” to The Krueger Report. It also defaulted on a bond payment for the first time, in its 117-year history as a US colony.
This week, another shock rippled through the US publishing industry: for the fifth straight month, the book War Against All Puerto Ricans continues as a #1 Amazon Best Seller.
This prompted the New York Daily News to write that “War Against All Puerto Ricans has become the subject of political water-cooler talk, national TV and newspaper coverage – including a three-part series of articles in El Nuevo Día. The word on War is spreading.”
Suddenly War Against All Puerto Ricans is being published in hardcover and as an e-book.
An audio version drops on August 24.
And on November 24, the Spanish version of the book Guerra Contra Todos los Puertorriqueños is being released.
This is the first time that Perseus Books (the corporate parent of Nation Books) ever translates a book into Spanish. Evidently corporate America is discovering that Puerto Ricans – and Latinos in general – read books and care about their own history.
This should come as no surprise. A recent article in Publishers Weekly found that the Borders bookstore in Plaza Las Americas (in San Juan, PR) sold more books than any other bookstore in the entire Borders chain.
This one Borders store in Puerto Rico grossed $17 million in annual sales: the highest of all 512 Borders stores, in the entire world.
And so, the US publishing industry has 17 million reasons for knowing that Puerto Ricans read and buy books, in very large numbers. Yet somehow they’re surprised when a history book titled War Against All Puerto Ricans becomes a runaway best seller…in Puerto Rico.
It makes you want to laugh and cry, both at the same time.
I just received a copy of your book as a gift. Looking forward, but also fearing, reading your book. I expect to be pretty upset when I get into it.The history you expose is close to us and of current importance. I also wrote a book in an effort to help illustrate a piece of the early colonial history of the island, the novel Dos Santos (www.dossantosnovel.weebly.com). Books, fiction and non-fiction, are a great tool to educate and bring to light so much of our history which is kept from us. Congratulations and thanks.
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Ya lo compre en ingles y en adicion le regalo uno a mi primo. Esperando que salga en español para hacer unos cuantos regalos. Tremendo libro. Felicidades por ese batazo que has dado.
This is my first time commenting on your blog. I just wanted to say I so appreciate what you’re doing for Puerto Ricans. I’ve lived here in PR since I was 2 yrs old. My father’s parents were Puerto Rican so I do feel, despite the fact that I was born on American soil, that I am a part of Puerto Rico in a way. I’m learning more about its history now and how it dictates our reality today. I look forward to buying your book and I found this post so interesting… I used to LOVE going to Borders and I was heartbroken when it closed down. I had no idea it grossed so much revenue! Although it doesn’t surprise me.
I’m in the process myself of finishing my book and getting it translated, and it has encouraged me so much to see YOUR book attain such success. My book is a memoir, and it tells the story of what happened to my family, known famously here on the island as ‘la familia Elias,’ at the hands of the Family Department. I hope with the continued, albeit negatively attained interest in Puerto Rican affairs that our nation is seeing right now (what with the debt issues) that we can see more books like yours on bookstore shelves.
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The author doesn’t mention the fact that Borders closed the store at Plaza back in July 2011.The good news is that other independent bookstores opened since then. True that the book continues to be a #1 best seller for the fifth straight month in a very specific category of Amazon: Caribbean and Latin American Politics, not the Amazon Best Seller of all category. I bought the book online early on, read it and learned a lot from it. I’m glad that the Spanish version will be available soon and hope it will make it #1 of another Amazon category if not the Amazon Best Seller of all.
WE, THE PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE —- ( BORICUAS ) ARE NOT — AS IGNORANT AND ILLITERATE , AS SO MANY OTHER COUNTRIES AND IGNORANT PEOPLE THINK — WE ARE ! –OUR GENES ARE CONSIDERATE TO BE –THE PERFECT ! A COMBINATION OF —- TAINO INDIAN,– SPANIARDS —– AFRICAN, BLOOD ( DNA ) – SO THERE ! —— WE ARE CHARISMATIC, GOOD LOOKING AND VERY HUMBLE AN HUMANITARIAN.—— WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ( THOUSANDS OF BAD APPLES ) THAT EXIST , LIKE IN EVERY RACE. WE ** BORICUAS **ARE GOOD PEOPLE ❤
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CONGRATULATIONS!! This is one of the best ways to get educated about our history!! KUDOS!! It’s the best book I have ever read ….. 🙂
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… “for the fifth straight month, the book War Against All Puerto Ricans continues as a #1 Amazon Best Seller.” … Puerto Ricans do read … and this book is going to be an incredible eye=opener. Watch out …. there’s something huge awakening!!
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