Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed by Larry Rohter

By Larry Rohter

During this highly praised narrative, manhattan instances reporter Larry Rohter takes the reader on a full of life journey via Brazil’s historical past, tradition, and booming economic climate. Going past the preferred stereotypes of samba, supermodels, and football, he exhibits us a gorgeous and sundry landscape--from breathtaking tropical shores to the plush and hazardous Amazon rainforest--and how a posh and colourful humans defy definition. He charts Brazil’s outstanding leap from a debtor country to at least one of the world’s quickest starting to be economies, unravels the parable of Brazil’s sexually charged tradition, and portrays in bright colour the underbelly of impoverished favelas. With Brazil top the cost of the Latin American decade, this seriously acclaimed heritage is the authoritative consultant to knowing its meteoric upward push.

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When I first visited Brazil, my acquaintances there called my attention to the national flag and what it represents. The green that dominates the banner, I was told, symbolizes the vast lushness of the Brazilian countryside and the fertility of its fields. The yellow diamond-shaped figure near the center stands for gold and, by extension, the country’s great natural wealth. ” Brazilians were accustomed to seeing things through that kind of skeptical prism, and it was difficult for them, with the built-in cynicism acquired through a history of extravagant ambitions and dashed hopes, to imagine that circumstances could change.

For Clo CONTENTS INTRODUCTION The “Country of the Future” Reveals Itself ONE A History of Booms and Busts TWO Sin and Salvation South of the Equator THREE The Myth of a Racial Paradise FOUR The Tropical Lifestyle FIVE Creativity, Culture, and “Cannibalism” SIX Industrial Giant, Agricultural Superpower SEVEN Energy to Burn: Petroleum, Ethanol, and Hydropower EIGHT The Amazon: Nationalism and Paranoia in the Jungle NINE Becoming a “Serious Country” TEN Politics After Lula and FHC POSTSCRIPT Acknowledgments Bibliography Index Map of Brazil (IBGE/Eric Amaral Rohter) BRAZIL ON THE RISE INTRODUCTION THE “COUNTRY OF THE FUTURE” REVEALS ITSELF I FIRST TRAVELED TO Brazil in September 1972, and like most new arrivals, I had very little idea of what to expect.

Some of the mendicants were groups of street urchins, while others consisted of entire families who had obviously spent the previous night huddled together in the cardboard boxes on which they now clustered. Their ragged poverty offered a stark contrast to the gracefully designed sidewalk on which they sat, a work of art with a colorfully abstract, undulating stone mosaic that extended unbroken for the entire length of the beach. It was discomfiting to see these poor people, almost all of whom were black, in the midst of so much affluence and yet so removed from it, and to note the indifference of well-dressed passers-by to their plight.

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