Facundo by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento

"Facundo" is a socio-political critique and historical account of Argentina during the first half of the 19th century. The book examines the life of the gaucho, Facundo Quiroga, who becomes a powerful and ruthless warlord, illustrating the destructive effects of caudillismo (military dictatorship) on society. The author uses Quiroga's life to delve into broader themes such as the struggle between civilization and barbarism, the need for education, and the dangers of unchecked political power.

The 712th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 519

Since this book was first published in 1845, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 519.0.

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