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Author Morales, Ed, 1956- author.

Title Fantasy island : colonialism, exploitation, and the betrayal of Puerto Rico / Ed Morales.

Publication Info. New York : Bold Type Books, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  325.7295 MORALES    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  972.95 MOR    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  972.95 MORALES    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Wilson Branch - Adult Department  972.95053 OR    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description vii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-322) and index.
Contents A brief history of US colonialism in Puerto Rico -- Clear and present danger: prelude to the crisis -- The diablo in derivatives: borrowing to meet basic needs -- Bond emissions, corruption, and betrayal: how two governments failed Puerto Rico -- PROMESA = pobreza -- Status update? -- Hurricane María destroys the commonwealth fantasy -- The Trump factor: vultures, lobbyists, and disaster capitalism -- The art of resistance -- Fantasy's end.
Summary "Since its acquisition by the US in 1898, Puerto Rico has served as a testing ground for the most aggressive and exploitative US economic, political, and social policies. The devastation that ensued finally grew impossible to ignore in 2017, in the wake of Hurricane María, as the physical destruction compounded the infrastructure collapse and trauma inflicted by the debt crisis. In Fantasy Island, Ed Morales traces how, over the years, Puerto Rico has served as a colonial satellite, a Cold War Caribbean showcase, a dumping ground for US manufactured goods, and a corporate tax shelter. He also shows how it has become a blank canvas for mercenary experiments in disaster capitalism on the frontlines of climate change, hamstrung by internal political corruption and the US federal government's prioritization of outside financial interests. Taking readers from San Juan to New York City and back to his family's home in the Luquillo Mountains, Morales shows us the machinations of financial and political interests in both the US and Puerto Rico, and the resistance efforts of Puerto Rican artists and activists. Through it all, he emphasizes that the only way to stop Puerto Rico from being bled is to let Puerto Ricans take control of their own destiny, going beyond the statehood-commonwealth-independence debate to complete decolonization."--Page [2] of cover.
Subject Puerto Rico -- History.
Puerto Rico -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Puerto Rico -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Puerto Ricans -- United States -- History.
Hurricane Maria, 2017.
Capitalism -- Puerto Rico -- History.
Hurricane Maria (2017) (OCoLC)fst02002745
Capitalism. (OCoLC)fst00846425
Economic history. (OCoLC)fst00901974
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Puerto Ricans. (OCoLC)fst01083707
Puerto Rico. (OCoLC)fst01205432
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Colonialism, exploitation, and the betrayal of Puerto Rico
ISBN 1568588992 (hardcover)
9781568588995 (hardcover)
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