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About the Author:
: Sue Branford has reported on Brazil for the BBC and The Financial Times for two decades. She is the co-author (with Jan Rocha) of Cutting the Wire. She lives in London. Bernardo Kucinski is a leading Brazilian journalist and co-author, with Sue Branford, of Brazil: Carnival of the Oppressed. He lives in Brazil.
|1||The Rise of the Workers' Party||13|
|2||The Making of a Leader||54|
|3||The Fernando Henrique Cardoso Legacy||74|
|4||Porto Alegre: Public Power Beyond the State||103|
|About the Authors||136|
Posted September 24, 2007
Branford and Kucisnki must be crying in their coffee seeing the current state of the Workers Party (PT)government in Brazil. This fawning, unrealistic and biased book, which which presents the PT as a group of saints pointing 'the only way out' of Brazil's 'mess', has nothing in common with the party whose leaders (many of whom, like Tarso Genro and Antonio Palocci) are hagiographed here and are currently disgraced, jailed or corrupted and whose leader, Lula, abandoned all pretense of leftism the moment he got into power. Lula has governed more conservatively than his predecesssor who takes an unwarranted savaging from these left-idolizing authors. For those who think that Hugo Chavez is an 'anti-inperialist' (instead of a mini-imperialist of his own), or that Evo Morales' attempts to bring his country back to Aymara collectivism are progress (instead of a willful blindness to 21st Century realities and a destruction of what remains of the Bolivian economy), or that Nestor Kirschner's stiffing of thousands of European retirees who bought worthless Argentine bonds is some type of Argentine 'economic nationalism' (instead of counter-productive outright theft), then this book is for you. You too can revel, with the authors, in their dreamy, unealistic negative and just-plain-wrong 'analysis'. Will leftists EVER wake up and use their heads?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.