Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Feb 28, 2012 - History - 304 pages
In this hugely praised narrative, New York Times reporter Larry Rohter takes the reader on a lively trip through Brazil's history, culture, and booming economy. Going beyond the popular stereotypes of samba, supermodels, and soccer, he shows us a stunning and varied landscape--from breathtaking tropical beaches to the lush and dangerous Amazon rainforest--and how a complex and vibrant people defy definition. He charts Brazil's amazing jump from a debtor nation to one of the world's fastest growing economies, unravels the myth of Brazil's sexually charged culture, and portrays in vivid color the underbelly of impoverished favelas. With Brazil leading the charge of the Latin American decade, this critically acclaimed history is the authoritative guide to understanding its meteoric rise.

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Very good introduction to modern day Brazil. It includes a history of the Portuguese arrival in the early 1500, slavery, economics, dictatorships, soccer, culture, carnival, political corruption, and ... Read full review

Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed

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"Brazil is not for beginners" is a quote attributed to famed Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. With Brazil's rise as a global player, Rohter (culture reporter, New York Times), who has lived in ... Read full review


INTRODUCTION The Country of the Future Reveals Itself
ONE A History of Booms and Busts
TWO Sin and Salvation South of the Equator
THREE The Myth of a Racial Paradise
FOUR The Tropical Lifestyle
FIVE Creativity Culture and Cannibalism
SIX Industrial Giant Agricultural Superpower
Petroleum Ethanol and Hydropower
Nationalism and Paranoia in the Jungle
NINE Becoming a Serious Country
TEN Politics After Lula and FHC

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Larry Rohter served as a correspondent in Rio de Janeiro for fourteen years for Newsweek and later as The New York Times bureau chief. He is widely considered a top expert on Brazil. Currently he is a culture reporter for The New York Times and a commentator for Brazilian media. He lives in Hoboken, NJ.

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