Edmar Bacha, Casa das Garças Institute of Economic Policy Studies
"Economists and politicians who like to talk about crisis and performance must read this book. It puts together with rigor and completeness the history of Brazil for the last 150 years and provides the data on the economy, the demography, the urbanization, and much more that social scientists need to understand the development of Brazil today. It is a valuable contribution by two well-known historians."
Joao Sayad, University of Sao Paolo
"Beginning with the abolition of slavery, the authors guide the reader through the evolution of modern Brazil from the end of the empire to the present, using economic growth to explain social and political developments. The book’s value is that trends and tendencies are carefully tracked to show contemporary Brazil as a logical continuation of social and economic developments of the past - not a series of different, often disconnected events as is occasionally suggested in books focused on politics and government. For the beginner, the book may be challenging because the political story is not its prominent feature. This volume is an important publication for faculty, students and readers interested in the deep changes that have occurred in more than a century of Brazil's history. Summing up: recommended."
M. L. Grover, Choice