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"Thought out and well articulated...a necessary historical and international context." Meerkat Media


 "I know of no other English language book on Bolivia so fresh, so up to date." Chesa Boudin, Dollars and Sense Magazine 

- “The Price of Fire is refreshingly intimate….steeped in hauntology…” – James R., Ireland Indymedia  

"Dangl lets ordinary people and leaders from across the political spectrum tell the stories of their movements…” Sarah Hines, International Socialist Review -  

“An informative, broadly researched, in depth report…” Malcolm Bell, Interconnect


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Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia

The Price of FirePublished by AK Press

New social movements have emerged in Bolivia over the "price of fire"—access to basic elements of survival like water, gas, land, coca, employment, and other resources. Though these movements helped pave the way to the presidency for indigenous coca-grower Evo Morales in 2005, they have made it clear that their fight for self-determination doesn't end at the ballot box. From the first moments of Spanish colonization to today's headlines, The Price of Fire offers a gripping account of clashes in Bolivia between corporate and people's power, contextualizing them regionally, culturally, and historically. 

Advance Praise:

"Ben Dangl takes the reader on an unforgettable and inspiring journey through Bolivia and neighboring countries, providing a window on the revolutionary struggles of the poor and dispossessed, and particularly on the resurgence of indigenous resistance and leadership."—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War

"Most Americans know nothing of Bolivia, an ignorance that only plays into the hands of empire. Ben Dangl's book is both informative and inspiring, a cure for the apathy that grows from that ignorance. A must-read for those already interested in solidarity with Latin America and indigenous people."—Tom Hayden, author of The Zapatista Reader and Street Wars

"Ben Dangl has found himself under the skin of the Bolivian freedom struggle: he accurately represents its constraints, its opportunities, and its hopes. On your feet, Bolivia! We're ready to march with you."—Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

"With lively narrative and unpretentious but intelligent analysis...The Price of Fire is not yet another bleak "tell-all" account of globalization, its pages are filled with stories of resistance, struggle and, above all, hope."—Teo Ballvé, editor of the NACLA Report on the Americas and co-editor of Dispatches from Latin America

"With great empathy and lucid prose, Dangl captures the exemplary courage that has put Latin America in the vanguard of the new internationalism and has made it one of the few bright spots on an otherwise dismal global landscape."—Greg Grandin, author of Empire’s Workshop

"I highly recommend this book for working people, students, and radical democrats to hear the voices of South American people and their chronicle of grassroots democratic empowerment."—Peter Phillips, Director of Project Censored

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“Anyone interested in the inspiring social movement struggles in Latin America should read this book.” Susan Spronk, Z Magazine 

The book is a triumph in every respect...Dangl is one of those rarities, a writer blessed with the gift of the economical use of language, capable of skillfully interweaving abstract theory, political and social history…” Richard Estes, American Leftist

“Dangl rides buses into Bolivia's altiplano, chews coca leaves in a Potosi park, and gulps his coffee as a cloud of tear gas descends on him in Buenos Aires...
The Price of Fire...brings to mind John Reed's Insurgent Mexico.” Conn Hallinan, CounterPunch 

“This book offers a glimpse into the rich fabric of Bolivian social movements.” Angela Day, The Dominion

“An important contribution to the debate on the dynamics of social change, the role of the new left governments, and the question of state power…” Federico Fuentes, Monthly Review Zine 

“A detailed and first-hand study of popular social movement in Bolivia.” Rene Wadlow, Transnational Perspectives

The Price of Fire…fills you with hope and examples of how people are organizing and fighting back.” James Generic, Wooden Shoe Books