Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed
  • Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed
  • Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed

Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed

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by Larry Rohter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0230618871

ISBN-13: 9780230618879

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Two decades ago Brazil had a debt that made some Third World countries blush, but today it has the world's eighth largest economy, poised to overtake France. It has achieved energy independence and, with the discovery of the largest oil field in the last century, is becoming a major exporter of crude oil to the United States. With its successful bid for the 2016

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Two decades ago Brazil had a debt that made some Third World countries blush, but today it has the world's eighth largest economy, poised to overtake France. It has achieved energy independence and, with the discovery of the largest oil field in the last century, is becoming a major exporter of crude oil to the United States. With its successful bid for the 2016 Olympics, Brazil, at last, is ready to take its place on the world stage. In this richly narrated and textured look at the country today, New York Times reporter Larry Rohter gives us the authoritative account of the culture and politics of a country that endlessly fascinates Americans.

 

Rohter delivers the first modern look at today’s Brazil, uncovering:

 

* how Brazilians handle the burden of being custodians of the
  Amazon rainforest;

 

* Brazil’s latest exports, from the samba, supermodels, and
   soccer, to airplane parts;

 

* the myth of Brazil’s sexually charged culture, with three-
  quarters of the population devoutly Roman Catholic;

 

* how drug-controlled favelas thrive amidst the world’s
  highest standard of living.

 

Brazil continues to be a country fraught with contradictions which Rohter reveals through interviews with every important political business, cultural, and religious leader on the scene. Critics have said that he knows the country better than Brazilians themselves. This is a cutting-edge look at a country that will be a major player on the world stage coming years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230618879
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 11.26(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The "Country of the Future" Reveals Itself 1

One A History of Booms and Busts 11

Two Sin and Salvation South of the Equator 33

Three The Myth of a Racial Paradise 59

Four The Tropical Lifestyle 81

Five Creativity, Culture, and "Cannibalism" 107

Six Industrial Giant, Agricultural Superpower 139

Seven Energy to Burn: Petroleum, Ethanol, and Hydropower 171

Eight The Amazon: Nationalism and Paranoia in the Jungle 201

Nine Becoming a "Serious Country" 223

Ten Politics After Lula and FHC 251

Acknowledgments 277

Bibliography 281

Index 283

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