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Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso received a phone call in the middle of the night asking him to be the new Finance Minister of Brazil. As he put the phone down and stared into the darkness of his hotel room, he feared he'd been handed a political death sentence. The year was 1993, and he would be responsible for an economy that had had seven different currencies in the previous eight years to cope with inflation that had run at 3000 percent a year. Brazil had a habit of chewing up finance ministers with the ferocity of an Amazon piranha.

This was just one of the turns in a largely unscripted and sometimes unwanted political career. In exile during the harshest period of the junta that ruled Brazil for twenty years, Cardoso started his political life with a tentative run for the Federal Senate in 1978. Within fifteen years, and despite himself, this former sociologist was running the country.

And what a country! Brazil, it is often said, is on the edge of modernity, striding with one foot in mid-air towards the future, the other still rooted deep in a traditional past. It is a land of sophisticated music and brutal gold-digging, of the next global superpower and the last old-time coffee plantations. It is gloriously ungovernable, irrepressibly attractive, and home to the family, friends and extraordinary life of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This is his story and his love song to his country.

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What is it like to govern one of the world's most notoriously ungovernable, most vibrant countries? Brazil's former president offers a candid, wry, illuminating view.

About the Author

Fernando Henrique Cardoso was President of the Federative Republic of Brazil for two consecutive terms, from January 1995 to December 2002. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1931, he is married, with three children, and lives in São Paulo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586484293
Author:
Cardoso, Fernando Henrique
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
With:
Winter, Brian
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
South America
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10.2 oz

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