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From one of the world’s leading experts on Brazil comes the amazing story of Brazil’s climb to superpower status over the last two decadesA fabled country with a reputation for danger, romance and intrigue, Brazil has transformed itself in the past decade. It has achieved energy independence and, with the discovery of the largest oil field in the last century, will become a major supplier of crude oil. With its successful bid for the 2016 Olympics, it is becoming clear that Brazil is poised to takes its place on the world stage. But Brazil continues to be a country fraught with contradictions, where drug-controlled favelas sit side by side the world’s highest standard of living, where plastic surgery is commonplace. Myths about Brazil’s sex culture abound and yet 75% of the population is devout Roman Catholic. Custodians of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil answers to the rest of the world for preserving the planet’s most precious resource. And though the current president, Lula da Silva, is a former Marxist, he has built a free market powerhouse that is now the world’s tenth largest economy, and growing fast. Brazil on the Rise, written by the go-to journalist on Brazil, intimately portrays a country of contradictions, a country of passion and above all a country of immense power.
He spent many years in the country as a journalist, and the anecdotes
This is a great introduction to Brazil, a country known to the rest of us for its magnificent beaches, happy, smiley faces, Carnivals and its favelas. Larry Rother has lived in Brazil, among Brazilians for more than 40 years.
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wants a basic understanding of Brazil, this is a great book to start with.