Brazillionaires: The Godfathers of Modern Brazil by Alex Cuadros

By Alex Cuadros

In 2012, Brazilian magnate Eike Batista was once the 8th richest guy on the planet, his $30bn fortune outfitted on Brazil's magnificent usual assets. by way of the center of 2013 he had misplaced all of it, engulfed in scandal.

Brazillionaires is a fast paced account of Batista's upward push and fall: a narrative of helicopter flights, beach-front penthouses and high-speed motor vehicle crashes. alongside the way in which, it tells the parallel tale of Brazil itself, a rustic stuck within the cycle of growth and bust, renewed desire and dashed promise; a rustic the place the hyper-rich are on the center of the economic system - and the place their wealth should purchase titanic political power.

Stefan Zweig stated in 1941 that Brazil was once the rustic of the longer term; Brazilians comic story that it usually may be. this day, rampant corruption and endemic inequality threaten to derail the hot Brazilian Dream. The brazillionaires are the foremost to realizing that dream; via them Brazillionaires tells the tale in their country's prior, current and destiny.

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Along the hood, a zigzag of thin, dusty tread marks traced the improbable dance of a bicycle tire. Thor and his passenger had been driving back from a steakhouse in Petrópolis, the old summer retreat of Pedro II, the Brazilian emperor. They were on a highway that winds south toward Rio from mountains blanketed in rain forest so dense the trees look heaped on one another. Coming into the lowlands, shacks of dull red cinderblock cluster along the road. Landslides during the summer rains sometimes carry these homes away; once the ground hardens, their residents rebuild them.

The interior was spacious in a way airplanes aren’t supposed to be. A few wide cushiony seats lined one side; toward the back was a double bed. The bathroom had a shower and a leather-covered toilet, wide and thronelike, as if for an obese king. , the best restaurant in São Paulo, or at least the priciest, which is sometimes made out to be the same thing. ” Over three and a half hours, we consumed ten small dishes, each of whose artfully clashing ingredients was explained to us in minute detail.

Brazil was booming, but people still risked their lives just to get to work and back. BRAZIL SOUNDED MORE IDYLLIC when I was growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My parents told me stories about coming to Brazil in 1980. They had met by chance while traveling in Guatemala earlier that year, and made their way to Rio de Janeiro together. They went to a party with Jorge Ben Jor, the funk musician, and my dad first told my mom he loved her at a café in Copacabana. In their yellowing snapshots, they have long hair.

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