Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
A History of Booms and Busts
Sin and Salvation South of the Equator
The Myth of a Racial Paradise
The Tropical Lifestyle
Creativity, Culture, and 'Cannibalism'
Industrial Giant, Agricultural Superpower
Energy to Burn: Petroleum, Ethanol, and Hydropower
The Amazon: Nationalism and Paranoia in the Jungle
Becoming a 'Serious Country'
Politics After Lula and FHC