Lula of Brazil: The Story So Far / Edition 1

Lula of Brazil: The Story So Far / Edition 1

by Richard Bourne
     
 


"A much-needed full-length portrait of the latest South American political phenomenon. Timely reading for anyone seeking to understand Brazil's newest experiment in democracy."—Thomas E. Skidmore, author of Politics in Brazil, 1930-1964: An Experiment in Democracy

"President Lula is perhaps the most elusive figure to have reached the top of

See more details below

Overview


"A much-needed full-length portrait of the latest South American political phenomenon. Timely reading for anyone seeking to understand Brazil's newest experiment in democracy."—Thomas E. Skidmore, author of Politics in Brazil, 1930-1964: An Experiment in Democracy

"President Lula is perhaps the most elusive figure to have reached the top of Brazilian politics, and Richard Bourne's fine study of the man and his background is a well-researched and illuminating report. This is a trenchant, warts-and-all account of Lula's career, charting his rise from leftist, trade union activism to moderate statesmanship of a familiar Brazilian pattern. In spite of damaging incidents of political corruption, analyzed here in critical detail, Bourne explains convincingly how Lula's unusual popular touch, coupled with his astute manipulation of the existing political system, enabled him to outshine his rivals and win two election victories."—Richard Gott, author of Cuba: A New History and Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution

"Lula is the most important leader of the new, democratic Latin American left, in stark contrast with old-style caudillos who pretend to be something new. This biography traces Lula's long road to power back to his poor origins in the backlands of Northeastern Brazil to the periphery of São Paulo, South America's industrial powerhouse, where he became the main union leader in the fight against the military dictatorship. Then he created the PT (Workers' Party) and changed the history of the Latin American left. It is an essential reading for anyone interested in Latin America's new left and the emergence of Brazil as a regional power, and maybe in the future a world power." –Nelson Franco Jobim, journalist and lecturer

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520246638
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     IX
Preface and Acknowledgments     XI
A Tough Start in Life     1
Strike Leader     24
The PT, the Workers' Party     49
Persistent Candidate for the Presidency     76
Overview of the First Term     102
Domestic Policy     127
International and Economic Policy     153
Corruption and Scandal     176
The Elections of 2006     196
Lula So Far: An Interim Assessment     209
Notes     233
Select Bibliography     255
Index     259

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >