Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy

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One of the Boston Globe's "Best Sports Books of 2014"

As the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games approach, ordinary Brazilians are holding the country's biggest protest marches in decades. Sports journalist Dave Zirin traveled to Brazil to find out why. In a rollicking read that travels from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the fabled Maracanã Stadium, Zirin examines how athletic mega-events turn into neoliberal Trojan horses.

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Overview


One of the Boston Globe's "Best Sports Books of 2014"

As the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games approach, ordinary Brazilians are holding the country's biggest protest marches in decades. Sports journalist Dave Zirin traveled to Brazil to find out why. In a rollicking read that travels from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the fabled Maracanã Stadium, Zirin examines how athletic mega-events turn into neoliberal Trojan horses.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"People think speaking truth to power is easy, but if it was easy everyone would do it. This book does it... It speaks truth to the powers that be, from Brazil to the US to FIFA to the IOC. It hits you like an uppercut that rattles your brain and sets it straight. I cannot recommend this book highly enough."
—John Carlos, 1968 Olympic medalist

"Dave Zirin is not just the radical brilliant sports critic but along with Naomi Klein the investigative journalist of our neoliberal era. He has figured out that sports operates at the the nexus of capitalism, race, class, sexuality, privatization and of course spectacle. That's why his work is so important to so many of us."
—Robin Kelley, author, Africa Speaks, America Answers

"Dave Zirin has long stood on the edge of the sports writing world, exploding topics many of his colleagues are scared to approach. With Brazil's Dance with the Devil, he puts to bed any notion that the IOC and FIFA have the best interests of their host countries at heart. Brazil is a special country and Dave Zirin honors its people and history while mercilessly going after those who would undermine its people. This book is a remarkable mix of investigative sports journalism and insightful social history."
—Glenn Greenwald, author, No Place to Hide

"In a sports journalism landscape where it sometimes seems there are only those who fawn and those who pander, where curiosity about the world at large is in short supply, Zirin is an altogether different kind of presence. He does care, until it hurts, and consistently delivers unique takes on the nexus of sports and race, globalization, politics and human rights. In Brazil's Dance with the Devil, Zirin’s at his best, on familiar and fertile ground. Like so much of his work, it’s incisive, heartbreaking, important and even funny."
—Jeremy Schaap, ESPN, author of New York Times bestseller Cinderella Man

“For years, FIFA and the Brazilian government have failed to understand the complexity of the Brazilian populace, that it’s possible both to love soccer and to be outraged over the organization of the World Cup at the expense of the people. Dave Zirin, one of our great chroniclers of sports and society, spent time on the ground in Brazil interviewing those most affected by the Brazilian World Cup and Olympics, and he comes away with the truth of it all: That the brutal expense of these Mega-events isn’t worth the investment of so much public money and historical memory. Everyone who watches the World Cup should read this book.”
—Grant Wahl, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

“A vision from abroad about our Brazil from inside. It’s a vision at once critical, smart, truthful, and free of prejudices, and not sparing any criticisms of his own country, the United States. Additionally it's a generous vision that uplifts the great Brazilian people. Enthusiastically recommended!”
—Juca Kfouri, columnist, UOL Esporte

“Dave Zirin offers a great, fast-paced primer for those who want to get up to speed with what is happening on the ground in Brazil as it prepares for the World Cup and Olympics. Zirin brings the reader through years of history in order to contextualize the tumult on the streets during the 2013 Confederations’ Cup and offers perspective on what the world can expect during the World Cup and Olympics. Brazil's Dance with the Devil gives insight into the linkages between corruption, massive public spending and the folly of mega-event planning in a country with huge wealth inequalities and major infrastructure challenges. Zirin has done his homework and fieldwork, consulting the classics and experts to bring together a fast-paced, focused read for an international audience.”
—Juliana Barbassa, Former Rio de Janeiro correspondent, Associated Press

“Like everything Dave Zirin writes, this book is impassioned, deeply informed and very readable. It's also a necessary book, because Brazil is a poorly understood country entering a crucial period. Zirin backs up his opinions with good, honest reporting. Brazil has a good friend in him.”
—Simon Kuper, author, Soccernomics

"Brazil’s Dance With the Devil, is a powerful and haunting look at what’s happening behind the scenes (oft-tragically) in a nation hosting both the World Cup and the Olympics. It’s strong work."
—Jeff Pearlman, author, Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty

From the Publisher

"Like everything Dave Zirin writes, this book is impassioned, deeply informed and very readable. It's also a necessary book, because Brazil is a poorly understood country entering a crucial period. Zirin backs up his opinions with good, honest reporting. Brazil has a good friend in him."
—Simon Kuper, author, Soccernomics

"You have to read David Zirin to believe him, and if you read him, you will believe him."
—Jack McCallum, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

"I once said Dave Zirin was the best young sportswriter in the US. I was wrong. He's simply the best."
—Robert Lipsyte

From the Publisher

"People think speaking truth to power is easy, but if it was easy everyone would do it. This book does it... It speaks truth to the powers that be, from Brazil to the US to FIFA to the IOC. It hits you like an uppercut that rattles your brain and sets it straight. I cannot recommend this book highly enough." —John Carlos, 1968 Olympic medalist

"Dave Zirin has long stood on the edge of the sports writing world, exploding topics many of his colleagues are scared to approach. With Brazil's Dance with the Devil, he puts to bed any notion that the IOC and FIFA have the best interests of their host countries at heart. Brazil is a special country and Dave Zirin honors its people and history while mercilessly going after those who would undermine its people. This book is a remarkable mix of investigative sports journalism and insightful social history." —Glenn Greenwald, author, No Place to Hide

"In a sports journalism landscape where it sometimes seems there are only those who fawn and those who pander, where curiosity about the world at large is in short supply, Zirin is an altogether different kind of presence. He does care, until it hurts, and consistently delivers unique takes on the nexus of sports and race, globalization, politics and human rights. In Brazil's Dance with the Devil, Zirin’s at his best, on familiar and fertile ground. Like so much of his work, it’s incisive, heartbreaking, important and even funny." —Jeremy Schaap, ESPN, author of New York Times bestseller Cinderella Man

“For years, FIFA and the Brazilian government have failed to understand the complexity of the Brazilian populace, that it’s possible both to love soccer and to be outraged over the organization of the World Cup at the expense of the people. Dave Zirin, one of our great chroniclers of sports and society, spent time on the ground in Brazil interviewing those most affected by the Brazilian World Cup and Olympics, and he comes away with the truth of it all: That the brutal expense of these Mega-events isn’t worth the investment of so much public money and historical memory. Everyone who watches the World Cup should read this book.”—Grant Wahl, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

“A vision from abroad about our Brazil from inside. It’s a vision at once critical, smart, truthful, and free of prejudices, and not sparing any criticisms of his own country, the United States. Additionally it's a generous vision that uplifts the great Brazilian people. Enthusiastically recommended!”—Juca Kfouri, columnist, UOL Esporte

“Dave Zirin offers a great, fast-paced primer for those who want to get up to speed with what is happening on the ground in Brazil as it prepares for the World Cup and Olympics. Zirin brings the reader through years of history in order to contextualize the tumult on the streets during the 2013 Confederations’ Cup and offers perspective on what the world can expect during the World Cup and Olympics. Brazil's Dance with the Devil gives insight into the linkages between corruption, massive public spending and the folly of mega-event planning in a country with huge wealth inequalities and major infrastructure challenges. Zirin has done his homework and fieldwork, consulting the classics and experts to bring together a fast-paced, focused read for an international audience.”—Juliana Barbassa, Former Rio de Janeiro correspondent, Associated Press

“Like everything Dave Zirin writes, this book is impassioned, deeply informed and very readable. It's also a necessary book, because Brazil is a poorly understood country entering a crucial period. Zirin backs up his opinions with good, honest reporting. Brazil has a good friend in him.”—Simon Kuper, author, Soccernomics

Praise for Dave Zirin:

“If there was an award for ‘Most Valuable Sportswriter, I would vote for Dave Zirin.”—Howard Zinn

“You have to read David Zirin to believe him, and if you read him, you will believe him.”—Jack McCallum, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

"Not since Hunter S. Thompson has a sports writer shown the right snarl for the job." —Naomi Klein

"Dave Zirin is Bringing The Noise once more with his expose on the modern day tyranny that has turned athletic entertainment into 'Gross' National Product. Dave Z is irreplaceable. He's the sportsworld geiger counter, exposing the truth and protecting the fan from first, second, and third degree burns." —Chuck D

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-08
How the real costs to democracy and the body politic that come from hosting a World Cup or Olympics outweigh the temporal joy that such events bring.This summer, the world's eyes will be on Brazil as it prepares to host the World Cup. Hundreds of thousands will descend, lured by the beautiful game and by promises of equally beautiful beaches and people. The same attractions will draw people (and the world's media) to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics. While the Nation sports editor Zirin (Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down, 2013, etc.) understands the appeal of the spectacle, he is under no illusions regarding its costs. The author ruthlessly tears apart the rationale of a country like Brazil—which aspires to the top tier of world powers but has entrenched problems with poverty and service delivery and health care and providing adequate schools and myriad other issues—hosting a World Cup and Olympics that will not only fail to alleviate, but will exacerbate the country's problems. Zirin identifies the heart of the dilemma as "neoliberal plunder," whereby wealth is transferred "out of the public social safety net and into the hands of private capital." FIFA, the global body that governs football, and the International Olympic Committee are two of the chief villains in this scenario, but a range of political elites share accountability for using the events for the purpose of enriching themselves or accomplishing personal and political agendas. Zirin shows the boondoggle that are FIFA stadium demands and the flimsy pretexts behind the removals of and crackdowns on Brazil's favelas, the so-called slums that really are vibrant neighborhoods of the lower classes.Millions will enjoy the World Cup and Olympics, but Zirin justly reminds readers of the real human costs beyond the spectacle.
Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
The good news is your country is hosting both the upcoming World Cup and 2016 Olympics—the bad news is your country is hosting both of these sporting megaevents. In a blistering and lively text, sports journalist Ziren (Game Over) examines the hypocrisy of cities and nations that are home to these highly popular competitions. In chapter six, the author looks briefly at the financial and human costs of entertaining either the Cup or the Olympics in such venues as Greece, Beijing, Vancouver, South Africa, and London—in all these places the events left ugly impressions on the countries and their populations. But Ziren saves his greatest vitriol for Brazil. Through visits and a series of interviews he follows the human displacement, loss of identity, and widespread greed, corruption, and violations of human rights in a nation already racially and economically divided. Visiting Rio's favelas, the city's squatter neighborhoods populated by the less favored and poverty stricken, Ziren details occurrences that have led to protests of unprecedented proportions in Brazil, all amid loss of life and property. Quoting one of his sources the author likens these megaevents to "upbeat shakedowns with appalling human costs." VERDICT This explosive book is a must-read for sports fans and readers interested in the human condition surrounding these events.—Boyd Childress, formerly with Auburn Univ. Libs., AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608463602
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 192,943
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


DAVE ZIRIN is the sports editor for the Nation and the author of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “Fifty Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN, and Democracy Now! He also hosts the weekly Sirius XM show Edge of Sports Radio and has been called "the best sportswriter in the United States," by Robert Lipsyte.
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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    A must read.

    Thank goodness I finished Zirin's book prior to the first World Cup. I will watch with a renewed interest and understanding of why there are riots , why one should be suspect of FIFA, and why the USA needs to think long and hard about accepting the games if they are offered. I will read it again at the conclusion of the games.

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

    Fair and politically unbiased. Everybody needs to read this boo

    Fair and politically unbiased. Everybody needs to read this book and become aware of is happening. This is happening in a more subtle way to many communities and middle class people in america as well.

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    Posted June 17, 2014

    Only covers one perspective.

    Only covers one perspective.

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