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Brazil on the rise : the story of a country transformed /
Larry Rohter.
imprint
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
description
289 p.
ISBN
0230618871 (hbk.), 9780230618879 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
isbn
0230618871 (hbk.)
9780230618879 (hbk.)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
7302814
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-09-01:
"Brazil is not for beginners" is a quote attributed to famed Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. With Brazil's rise as a global player, Rohter (culture reporter, New York Times), who has lived in Brazil for over 14 years, recognizes that more and more people worldwide are becoming interested in what it means to be Brazilian. In this book, he successfully illuminates some of the more convoluted issues within Brazilian society. He not only addresses the stereotypical Brazilian topics of soccer, beaches, and the Amazon, but he also tackles such complex subjects as oil, race, and politics, concentrating on the last 25 years, during which, owing to continuity within its own political system and stability in its national currency and overall economy, Brazil has become a major contributor to global politics and economics for arguably the first time in its history. Rohter's conclusions show Brazil to be a country that on the surface may seem straightforward but upon careful examination reveals itself to be much more intricate. VERDICT Recommended for a general audience interested in South American/Latin American social science and international affairs, particularly as related to Brazil.-Jeremy Spencer, Univ. of California, Davis, Law Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2011-05-01:
This lively overview of a major yet unfamiliar emerging global power, based on decades of work for Newsweek and The New York Times, provides an engaging introduction to politics, economics, culture, and development. It updates popular overviews, such as Joseph Page's The Brazilians (CH, Jan'96, 33-2923), and the mythic importance of Gilberto Freyre. After a brief review of history and culture, journalist Rohter tackles issues ranging from racism and lifestyle (carnival, beaches, soccer) to cultural production, with a stress on changing industry, agriculture, energy, and national and international politics. The author offers fascinating journalistic engagement with the personalities and stories of modern Brazil, from samba to President Lula and Amazonia to urbanism, replete with data, quotations, and general recommendations for the future. Despite a bibliography, primarily in Portuguese, the omission of notes underscores the choice not to engage directly with academic scholarship or wider debates about issues. While such a provocative introduction will leave readers wanting more about Brazil's problems and prospects, the lack of a road map toward these discussions diminishes its value for students and scholars, despite the personable connections and inside knowledge the author brings to his task. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. G. W. McDonogh Bryn Mawr College
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"Lively and hard-hitting...Rohter's very contemporary narrative of the past four decades of Brazilian history is peppered with supporting tales and interviews from his reporting...accessible to a first-time tourist but also balanced and analytical enough for any Brazilian...Critical and probing,Brazil on the Risewill largely leave the reader with an affectionate portrait of Brazilians."The Christian Science Monitor"For some time there has been a gap in the market for a good English book on Brazil. [Rohter] dusts off his old notebooks and finds stories that bring Brazil alive."The Economist "A powerful and well-informed argument about the state of Brazil's economy and why the country with its vast array of natural resources now seems poised to achieve the world power status that has long eluded it...the long-awaited future has arrived."The Associated Press "A timely, readable study of Brazil's history and current prospects...Offers an evenhanded consideration of some of Brazil's most celebrated artifacts, including Carnaval, soccer and samba...With the recent granting of the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, Rohter's accomplished overview proves a solid brush-up."Kirkus Reviews "[Rohter] successfully illuminates some of the more convoluted issues within Brazilian society. He not only addresses the stereotypical Brazilian topics of soccer, beaches, and the Amazon, but he also tackles such complex subjects as oil, race, and politics...Recommended."Library Journal"No one delivers a more insightful and thoughtful look at Brazil than Larry Rohter. His grasp and deep knowledge of my country gives you a sense of its dynamic and vibrant culture as well as the rapid ascent of its economy and its transformation from dictatorship to democracy. Anyone wanting to understand Brazil's place in the world today must first read this book."--Paulo Coelho, author ofThe Alchemist"It is not surprising that Larry Rohter, who has written with great insight on Brazil and South America for many years forThe New York Times, has written a splendid and timely, indeed unrivaled, book on Brazil's meteoric economic success. It is atour de force."--Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University and author ofIn Defense of Globalization "No one is better equipped than Larry Rohter to weigh and measure Brazil's remarkable transformation of recent years. Rohter knew the country in less happy times - of military dictatorship and failed economy. Then, by good fortune, as The New York Times's long-time bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, he was again in place to record, explain and analyze Brazil's much-awaited emergence as an economic power and a self-confident democracy. This book is essential reading both for those interested in Brazil and Latin America as such and those seeking to understand the fast-changing international landscape of the early 21st century in which Brazil is now an important new player." -- Alan Riding, author ofDistant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans. "Brazil is well on its way to becoming a great economic power, but it also is a country with a long and complex history. Larry Rohter knows the country inside out, loves it, and yet is able to bring an objective lens to help us understand where Brazil is coming from, the opportunities and challenges that it faces today, and its manifest destiny. A must-read."--Anil K. Gupta, co-author of Getting China and India Right
"For some time there has been a gap in the market for a good English book on Brazil. [Rohter] dusts off his old notebooks and finds stories that bring Brazil alive."The Economist "A timely, readable study of Brazil's history and current prospects...Offers an evenhanded consideration of some of Brazil's most celebrated artifacts, including Carnaval, soccer and samba...With the recent granting of the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, Rohter's accomplished overview proves a solid brush-up."Kirkus Reviews"No one delivers a more insightful and thoughtful look at Brazil than Larry Rohter. His grasp and deep knowledge of my country gives you a sense of its dynamic and vibrant culture as well as the rapid ascent of its economy and its transformation from dictatorship to democracy. Anyone wanting to understand Brazil's place in the world today must first read this book."--Paulo Coelho, author ofThe Alchemist"It is not surprising that Larry Rohter, who has written with great insight on Brazil and South America for many years forThe New York Times, has written a splendid and timely, indeed unrivaled, book on Brazil's meteoric economic success. It is atour de force."--Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University and author ofIn Defense of Globalization "No one is better equipped than Larry Rohter to weigh and measure Brazil's remarkable transformation of recent years. Rohter knew the country in less happy times - of military dictatorship and failed economy. Then, by good fortune, as The New York Times's long-time bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, he was again in place to record, explain and analyze Brazil's much-awaited emergence as an economic power and a self-confident democracy. This book is essential reading both for those interested in Brazil and Latin America as such and those seeking to understand the fast-changing international landscape of the early 21st century in which Brazil is now an important new player." -- Alan Riding, author ofDistant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans. "Brazil is well on its way to becoming a great economic power, but it also is a country with a long and complex history. Larry Rohter knows the country inside out, loves it, and yet is able to bring an objective lens to help us understand where Brazil is coming from, the opportunities and challenges that it faces today, and its manifest destiny. A must-read."--Anil K. Gupta,co-author of Getting China and India Right
"Lively and hard-hitting...Rohter's very contemporary narrative of the past four decades of Brazilian history is peppered with supporting tales and interviews from his reporting...accessible to a first-time tourist but also balanced and analytical enough for any Brazilian...Critical and probing, Brazil on the Risewill largely leave the reader with an affectionate portrait of Brazilians."The Christian Science Monitor "For some time there has been a gap in the market for a good English book on Brazil. [Rohter] dusts off his old notebooks and finds stories that bring Brazil alive." The Economist "A powerful and well-informed argument about the state of Brazil's economy and why the country with its vast array of natural resources now seems poised to achieve the world power status that has long eluded it...the long-awaited future has arrived." The Associated Press "A timely, readable study of Brazil's history and current prospects...Offers an evenhanded consideration of some of Brazil's most celebrated artifacts, including Carnaval, soccer and samba...With the recent granting of the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, Rohter's accomplished overview proves a solid brush-up." Kirkus Reviews "[Rohter] successfully illuminates some of the more convoluted issues within Brazilian society. He not only addresses the stereotypical Brazilian topics of soccer, beaches, and the Amazon, but he also tackles such complex subjects as oil, race, and politics...Recommended."Library Journal "No one delivers a more insightful and thoughtful look at Brazil than Larry Rohter. His grasp and deep knowledge of my country gives you a sense of its dynamic and vibrant culture as well as the rapid ascent of its economy and its transformation from dictatorship to democracy. Anyone wanting to understand Brazil's place in the world today must first read this book."--Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist "It is not surprising that Larry Rohter, who has written with great insight on Brazil and South America for many years for The New York Times, has written a splendid and timely, indeed unrivaled, book on Brazil's meteoric economic success. It is a tour de force."--Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University and author of In Defense of Globalization "No one is better equipped than Larry Rohter to weigh and measure Brazil's remarkable transformation of recent years. Rohter knew the country in less happy times - of military dictatorship and failed economy. Then, by good fortune, as The New York Times's long-time bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, he was again in place to record, explain and analyze Brazil's much-awaited emergence as an economic power and a self-confident democracy. This book is essential reading both for those interested in Brazil and Latin America as such and those seeking to understand the fast-changing international landscape of the early 21st century in which Brazil is now an important new player." -- Alan Riding, author of Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans. "Brazil is well on its way to becoming a great economic power, but it also is a country with a long and complex history. Larry Rohter knows the country inside out, loves it, and yet is able to bring an objective lens to help us understand where Brazil is coming from, the opportunities and challenges that it faces today, and its manifest destiny. A must-read."--Anil K. Gupta, co-author of Getting China and India Right
'Larry Rohter is great on popular culture'¦ and finds stories that bring Brazil alive.' ' The Economist
"A timely, readable study of Brazil's history and current prospects...Offers an evenhanded consideration of some of Brazil's most celebrated artifacts, including Carnaval, soccer and samba...With the recent granting of the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, Rohter's accomplished overview proves a solid brush-up."--Kirkus Reviews"No one delivers a more insightful and thoughtful look at Brazil than Larry Rohter. His grasp and deep knowledge of my country gives you a sense of its dynamic and vibrant culture as well as the rapid ascent of its economy and its transformation from dictatorship to democracy. Anyone wanting to understand Brazil's place in the world today must first read this book."--Paulo Coelho, author ofThe Alchemist"It is not surprising that Larry Rohter, who has written with great insight on Brazil and South America for many years forThe New York Times, has written a splendid and timely, indeed unrivaled, book on Brazil's meteoric economic success. It is atour de force."--Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University and author ofIn Defense of Globalization "No one is better equipped than Larry Rohter to weigh and measure Brazil's remarkable transformation of recent years. Rohter knew the country in less happy times - of military dictatorship and failed economy. Then, by good fortune, as The New York Times's long-time bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, he was again in place to record, explain and analyze Brazil's much-awaited emergence as an economic power and a self-confident democracy. This book is essential reading both for those interested in Brazil and Latin America as such and those seeking to understand the fast-changing international landscape of the early 21st century in which Brazil is now an important new player." -- Alan Riding, author ofDistant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans. "Brazil is well on its way to becoming a great economic power, but it also is a country with a long and complex history. Larry Rohter knows the country inside out, loves it, and yet is able to bring an objective lens to help us understand where Brazil is coming from, the opportunities and challenges that it faces today, and its manifest destiny. A must-read."--Anil K. Gupta,co-author of Getting China and India Right
"No one delivers a more insightful and thoughtful look at Brazil than Larry Rohter. His grasp and deep knowledge of my country gives you a sense of its dynamic and vibrant culture as well as the rapid ascent of its economy and its transformation from dictatorship to democracy. Anyone wanting to understand Brazil's place in the world today must first read this book."--Paulo Coelho, author ofThe Alchemist"It is not surprising that Larry Rohter, who has written with great insight on Brazil and South America for many years forThe New York Times, has written a splendid and timely, indeed unrivaled, book on Brazil's meteoric economic success. It is atour de force."--Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University and author ofIn Defense of Globalization "No one is better equipped than Larry Rohter to weigh and measure Brazil's remarkable transformation of recent years. Rohter knew the country in less happy times - of military dictatorship and failed economy. Then, by good fortune, as The New York Times's long-time bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, he was again in place to record, explain and analyze Brazil's much-awaited emergence as an economic power and a self-confident democracy. This book is essential reading both for those interested in Brazil and Latin America as such and those seeking to understand the fast-changing international landscape of the early 21st century in which Brazil is now an important new player."--Alan Riding, author ofDistant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans
"For some time there has been a gap in the market for a good English book on Brazil. [Rohter] dusts off his old notebooks and finds stories that bring Brazil alive."The Economist "A powerful and well-informed argument about the state of Brazil's economy and why the country with its vast array of natural resources now seems poised to achieve the world power status that has long eluded it...the long-awaited future has arrived."Associated Press "A timely, readable study of Brazil's history and current prospects...Offers an evenhanded consideration of some of Brazil's most celebrated artifacts, including Carnaval, soccer and samba...With the recent granting of the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, Rohter's accomplished overview proves a solid brush-up."Kirkus Reviews "[Rohter] successfully illuminates some of the more convoluted issues within Brazilian society. He not only addresses the stereotypical Brazilian topics of soccer, beaches, and the Amazon, but he also tackles such complex subjects as oil, race, and politics...Recommended."Library Journal"No one delivers a more insightful and thoughtful look at Brazil than Larry Rohter. His grasp and deep knowledge of my country gives you a sense of its dynamic and vibrant culture as well as the rapid ascent of its economy and its transformation from dictatorship to democracy. Anyone wanting to understand Brazil's place in the world today must first read this book."--Paulo Coelho, author ofThe Alchemist"It is not surprising that Larry Rohter, who has written with great insight on Brazil and South America for many years forThe New York Times, has written a splendid and timely, indeed unrivaled, book on Brazil's meteoric economic success. It is atour de force."--Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University and author ofIn Defense of Globalization "No one is better equipped than Larry Rohter to weigh and measure Brazil's remarkable transformation of recent years. Rohter knew the country in less happy times - of military dictatorship and failed economy. Then, by good fortune, as The New York Times's long-time bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, he was again in place to record, explain and analyze Brazil's much-awaited emergence as an economic power and a self-confident democracy. This book is essential reading both for those interested in Brazil and Latin America as such and those seeking to understand the fast-changing international landscape of the early 21st century in which Brazil is now an important new player." -- Alan Riding, author ofDistant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans. "Brazil is well on its way to becoming a great economic power, but it also is a country with a long and complex history. Larry Rohter knows the country inside out, loves it, and yet is able to bring an objective lens to help us understand where Brazil is coming from, the opportunities and challenges that it faces today, and its manifest destiny. A must-read."--Anil K. Gupta,co-author of Getting China and India Right
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Two decades ago Brazil had a debt that made some Third World countries blush, but today it has the world's eighth largest economy, poised to overtake France. It has achieved energy independence and, with the discovery of the largest oil field in the last century, is becoming a major exporter of crude oil to the United States.With its successful bid for the 2016 Olympics, Brazil, at last, is ready to take its place on the world stage. In this richly narrated and textured look at the country today, New York Times reporter Larry Rohter gives us the authoritative account of the culture and politics of a country that endlessly fascinates Americans. Rohter delivers the first modern look at today's Brazil, uncovering: how Brazilians handle the burden of being custodians of the Amazon rainforest; Brazil's latest exports, from the samba, supermodels, and soccer, to airplane parts; the myth of Brazil's sexually charged culture, with threequarters of the population devoutly Roman Catholic; how drug-controlled favelas thrive amidst the world's highest standard of living. Brazil continues to be a country fraught with contradictions which Rohter reveals through interviews with every important political business, cultural, and religious leader on the scene. Critics have said that he knows the country better than Brazilians themselves. This is a cutting-edge look at a country that will be a major player on the world stage coming years.
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A RICH AND REVEALING PORTRAIT OF A COUNTRY ON THE CUTTING EDGEAn alluring land famous for samba, soccer, supermodels, and stunning tropical beaches, Brazil was described as "paradise on earth" by its first Portuguese explorers. Its annual Carnival is known the world over for its Dionysian revelry, and its Amazon rainforest is considered one of the planet's most precious resources. Yet nature's gifts have not always spelled national prosperity: two decades ago Brazil had a crippling debt and was emerging from a military dictatorship that censored journalists and oppressed dissenters. Today Brazil is not only the world's eighth largest economy with a vibrant democracy; it has achieved energy independence, and its discovery of the largest oil field thus far this century should soon make it a major energy exporter. With its successful bid as host for the 2016 Olympics and the soccer World Cup in 2014, Brazil is at last ready to take its place on the global stage. What led to the transformation?In this rich and textured account,New York Timesreporter Larry Rohter gives us the definitive look at the country's amazing rebirth. As the paper's bureau chief in Rio, Rohter had a front-row seat for many of the dramatic changes that have unfolded in Brazil in recent years. Through interviews with every important political, business, cultural, and religious leader on the scene, Rohter delivers a sharp and fresh account of the country's rapid and radical changes, uncovering:As Brazil continues its meteoric rise, this is an authoritative guide to understanding a country that will be a major player on the world stage in the years ahead.
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A fabled country with a reputation for danger, romance and intrigue, Brazil has transformed itself in the past decade. This title, written by the go-to journalist on Brazil, intimately portrays a country of contradictions, a country of passion and above all a country of immense power.
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From one of the world's leading experts on Brazil comes the amazing story of Brazil's climb to superpower status over the last two decades
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Main Description
A fabled country with a reputation for danger, romance and intrigue, Brazil has transformed itself in the past decade. Brazil on the Rise, written by the go-to journalist on Brazil, intimately portrays a country of contradictions, a country of passion and above all a country of immense power.
Main Description
In this hugely praised narrative, New York Times reporter Larry Rohter takes the reader on a lively trip through Brazil's history, culture, and booming economy. Going beyond the popular stereotypes of samba, supermodels, and soccer, he shows us a stunning and varied landscape--from breathtaking tropical beaches to the lush and dangerous Amazon rainforest--and how a complex and vibrant people defy definition. He charts Brazil's amazing jump from a debtor nation to one of the world's fastest growing economies, unravels the myth of Brazil's sexually charged culture, and portrays in vivid color the underbelly of impoverished favelas. With Brazil leading the charge of the Latin American decade, this critically acclaimed history is the authoritative guide to understanding its meteoric rise.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The "Country of the Future" Reveals Itselfp. 1
A History of Booms and Bustsp. 11
Sin and Salvation South of the Equatorp. 33
The Myth of a Racial Paradisep. 59
The Tropical Lifestylep. 81
Creativity, Culture, and "Cannibalism"p. 107
Industrial Giant, Agricultural Superpowerp. 139
Energy to Burn: Petroleum, Ethanol, and Hydropowerp. 171
The Amazon: Nationalism and Paranoia in the Junglep. 201
Becoming a "Serious Country"p. 223
Politics After Lula and FHCp. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. 277
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 283
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