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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to John Leguizamo’s hilarious and educational take on 3,000 years of Latin history in 80 minutes. 

When his son gets a school assignment on heroes, John seizes the chance to teach him all about the great figures of Latin American history. But once he sets out on his irreverent crash course across three continents and three millennia of history—from conquistadores to cumbia, Montezuma to Menudo, and taking on the characters in all of it—he uncovers provocative truths that shock even him.

Entertainment Weekly called Latin History for Morons “boisterous and joyful” during its Broadway run at Studio 54, directed by Tony Taccone. A play that The New York Times says “poses sharp and timely questions of what culturally defines American identity,” Leguizamo’s newest solo adventure is educational and uproarious and is adapted exclusively for Audible.

Please Note: Latin History for Morons contains adult language. 

©2019 John Leguizamo (P)2019 AO Media LLC

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About the Creator and Performer

Emmy Award and Tony winner John Leguizamo appeared in over 100 films and countless television shows while establishing a career that defies categorization. With boundless and visceral creativity, his work in film, theater, television, literature, and audio covers many genres. Leguizamo, currently seen in Latin History for Morons at New York’s Public Theatre, performs his one-man show where he delivers his take on 500 years of Latin History spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires, to World War II. He’s also the writer and performer for Latin History for Morons for Audible. He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a sensitive drag queen in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, was the recipient of the 2002 ALMA Special Achievement Award for Entertainer of the Year, and picked up ALMA Award nominations for his roles in Moulin Rouge (Best Supporting Actor) and King of the Jungle (Best Lead Actor). His film credits include John Wick; Kick-Ass-2; Ice Age: Continental Drift; One for the Money; The Lincoln Lawyer; Repo Men; Gamer; Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Ice Age: The Meltdown; The Honeymooners; Ice Age; Collateral Damage; Doctor Dolittle; Romeo + Juliet; Super Mario Bros.; Spawn and Die Hard 2. Leguizamo’s TV work includes The Kill Point; ER; My Name is Earl; The Brothers Garcia; House of Buggin’; and Miami Vice, Blood Line, and When They See Us.

In 1991, Leguizamo created his first off-Broadway sensation as the writer and performer of his one-man show Mambo Mouth, in which he portrayed seven different characters. He received Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Vanguardia awards for this specific performance. Leguizamo’s debut to Broadway was his one-man show, Freak, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. Additional theater credits include, Sexaholix… A Love Story, which received a Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Puta Vida Trilogy; and American Buffalo. John went on to film special presentations for HBO for his one-man shows including Mambo Mouth; Spic-O-Rama; Freak, for which he won a Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program; Sexaholix… A Love Story; and Ghetto Klown. John created his first literary project in 2006 with his memoir, Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life. He also released Ghetto Klown, the graphic novel adaptation of his 2011 Drama Desk award winning one-man Broadway show in 2015. The audio version of Ghetto Klown is available on Audible. Leguizamo currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

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Crude, Profane, and Very Funny

John is a fantastic comedian and can tell a good story. If you are a fan, you will be quite entertained. Not much depth on any History, however it is only an hour and eighteen minutes long. Warning, this is not for young kids (PG13) for strong language and sexual themes.

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History?

Came here hoping to learn something. Disappointed by poor language and minimal information. Do Better

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Funny, Profane & Heartbreaking

This was a funny, profane, yet heartbreaking account of Latin history inspired by the author's son being bullied. He discovered that Latin history was not covered in his son's school and sets about learning of it to inspire his son about their heritage. I laughed and cried, since hearing about a little boy being called racist names is heartbreaking. I hope his son and others can be proud of their unique heritage and the gifts they bring to our country. Much of what was related I already knew, having learned of it on my own. Not for kids unfortunately. A great short entertaining performance.

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waste of time

Drops the F bomb liberally. Blames genetics for emotional ineptitude. Rallies against racism on multiple levels. Very... original. And, he somehow manages to mention some history.

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Latinos can do better

Disappointed. There was some edifying information, but pretty vulgar and crass. Wouldn't recommend to most people.

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Is John Leguizamo really a VICTIM?

I’m not a Latino but I do live in Mexico, and I’ve never met a Mexican that believed the President of the USA made them something less than anyone else. Please stop your crying, grow a pair and listen to your kid. Geez!

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A personal one-man show w/ pitch perfect accents,

Part history, part story of a father trying to get close to his son, and all wonderful. Leguizamo is one of the best modern story-tellers, and I’ve been a fan since seeing his one-man shows on HBO in the 90s. Listen to the sample and then get this. You’ll have some laughs and maybe a few tears, but you’ll definitely enjoy it.

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I really wanted to like this. I was hoping to be enlightened to new insights and historical facts. Unfortunately it was a lot of raunchy speech, silly behavior and unnecessary info dump. I think there’s about 20 minutes total of history, but it’s given so quickly it is hard to retain. I wish we could have had a longer history lesson that was more about the facts with a sprinkle of comedy. I feel if you are trying to enlighten people to a subject you should do so otherwise you have failed at your attempt and have lost your audience. However he did recommend some wonderful historical reads on the subject written by professionals that might be the better route to take.

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THERE GOES MY HERO⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

John Leguizamo’s LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS is for everyone. I hope you had a chance to see this Fabulous Show in person. Thank you John Leguizamo for the National Tour Thank you for the Netflix Special. Thank you for this Audio Book. It’s so important for us and our children to see someone who looks like us on stage and on screen. Thank you for this treasure. I am proud to call you one of my Latin Heroes Thank you for making time for your fans @ThatAYLam

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Orgullosa de ser Latina!!

As a puertorican I am so proud of this! us Latinos are never recognized as heros, or contributors. Well done John!

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  • 08-12-20

couldn't listen beyond first 10 minutes

I did not gel with this at all. I found the first ten minutes loud and offensive. I can see why it's free.

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Awful

This was a total disappointment. It was childish and not funny and actually irritating. Don't buy it!

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  • 10-02-20

shockingly bad

woeful. unfunny. poorly structured. poorly performed does hispanics a huge disservice. simply attrocious in every way

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  • 09-02-20

perfection!

not enough words in the world.... funny, I mean belly-laugh-peed-a-lil-bit funny, clever, revelatory and had me crying with joy at the end. Leguizamo is a straight up legend, and when will we ever start teaching the truth about colonialism in school. COME ON!!!!

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  • 06-23-20

Completely accessible essential information for everyone

Brilliantly written and delivered. I am generally categorised as ‘white’ British and in my 40s and this was not the history we were taught here in the UK at school. It is essential that this is what we learn and teach from now on. Thank you.

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  • 06-17-20

Fantastic A MUST LISTEN

With 2020 in turmoil, this is a well written, spoken brief history, a story for modern times, crafted with real facts about White Privilege, that we take for granted in a world dominated by the privileged wealthy few, who are culturally insensitive, fearful, afraid, and blinkered. Caging children, separating families, striking fear & culturing racial segregation. When will the world wake up and say enough, this is a sad tale of truths where we cannot be equal amongst fellow humans. Thank You John Leguizamo

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  • Tim
  • 06-14-20

Wonderful

Wonderful in opening my white eyes to a previously unknown unsuspected area of history and interest.

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  • 06-10-20

hilarious and informative. He's a superb actor!!!

Not just Benny Blanco from the bronx. more please. interestingly comic and factually correct

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  • Elisabeth Spanggaard
  • 06-04-20

Yes!

Simply just YES! Listen, and become unmoronized and destupidified!! enjoyable, easy listen with equally great amounts of humour and schooling.

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  • 05-31-20

Good Vibes

Smart, funny, well written, brilliant delivery, great connection with the subject and accessibly told with an unmistakable flare, nothing to not like, made me smile, made me laugh out loud, recommended to anyone that wants to hear another point of view - expressed with a singular voice. It's not an academic tome, the clue is in the title, I found myself immersed none the less and I also learned something along the way. Great balance between personality and academy.