on 28 February 2011
If you only associate Brazil with soccer, samba and "The Girl from Ipanema," adjust your thinking. Brazil inaugurated its first female president, Dilma Rousseff, in 2011, and it will host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. But even more significantly, Brazil has become a global economic powerhouse. Riordan Roett explains how it all happened, from Brazil's status as a neglected Portuguese colony to its 20th-century military dictatorship to its modern role as a commercially influential nation. Published just prior to Rousseff's election, Roett's slightly stolid book ends with former President Luiz Inácio (Lula) da Silva's second term and leaves you wanting to know more, though it reveals in exhaustive detail how this dynamic democracy has come so far so fast. Roett's tough-going textbook style can be dense, but getAbstract promises you will learn a lot about Brazil, the 21st century's "crafty superpower."