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Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed

Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed [Kindle Edition]

Larry Rohter
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'Larry Rohter is great on popular culture… and finds stories that bring Brazil alive.' – The Economist
'...a surprisingly rich, broad and optimistic introduction to an important emerging power.' - Spiked
'It is an absorbing account of Brazil, which reveals the ingenuity of the people…' - Organiser, New Delhi

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230120733
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade; Reprint edition (28 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mr. Rohter enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame after President Lula illegal and clumsy attempt to expel him from Brazil for reporting in the New York Times about Lula's abuse with alcohol. So I ran to the library to get Deu no New York Times (O Brasil segundo a otica de um reporter do jornal mais influente do mundo), published in Brazil (no English edition available). I liked the book so much, and after so many recent headlines (just check the latest issues of The Economist) about Brazil successful agribusiness model and how it has achieved sustainable energy independence (sugarcane ethanol makes up 50% of the gasoline market + the recent discovery of huge off shore deposits of gas and oil), I also rushed to buy this book.

Chapter 1, Brazil's history in a nutshell, and chapters 6 through 10 are a must read for anyone interested in understanding the Brazilian economic miracle. Five stars! Unfortunately, chapters 2 and 3, which by the way are completely out of context for a book dealing with "Brazil on the Rise", present a biased view of Brazil, with unfair generalizations and passing judgment based on his moral and religious view of the world. And chapter 2 in particular is written through the lenses of his apparent tight Protestant beliefs (showing the good old and out of fashion Catholic vs. Protestant owner of the truth debate) as he unnecessarily passes moral judgment on Brazilian sexuality and sexual preferences as viewed by him and supported just by anecdotes. The comparison Mr.
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Excellent book. I don't agree with everything Larry says, just because he lived many years in Brazil desn't make him an exeprt in understanding the Brazilian Culture completely. Brazil is a large country and some comments wouldn't apply to certain parts of Brazil. However, it's a very informative book, interesting to read if you are interested in Brazilian business and culture, but remember it's a point of view of an American. I recommend this book to my students willing to travel or work in Brazil.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pick and read the best chapters (1,6-10) 10 Dec 2013
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I followed the advice of reviewer Emc2.

Chapter 1, and chapters 6 through 10 are a must read for anyone interested in understanding the Brazilian economic miracle and it's where we see Larry Rohter's journalistic prowess.

As for the rest he fell into the expat error of continuing to look through anglo-saxon eyes and passing moral and religous judgements based on subjective opinions without objectivity.

Despite this you can really feel his love and passion for Brazil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book! 28 Aug 2013
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For anyone interested in the complex and amazing country of Brazil this will be enthralling. I've always been interested in Brazil largely because of the football - but I couldn't put this down. It covers all aspects of the culture, history, politics, society - but never dull or stuffy, hugely entertaining, interesting and extremely well-researched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew a bit about Brazil 30 Mar 2013
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Best introduction to Brazil. Even my Brazilian friends read it! And recommended it!
I need to fill up to 20 words?????
It is odd that an American can still write best about Brazil.
Now I am there.
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