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A Good Start...
on 26 February 2015
'Brazil on the Rise' was the first book I bought when I decided to research this country for my university dissertation topic. The book is a brilliant introduction to the subject of Brazil, giving the reader an overview of many important aspects of Brazilian life and politics, these aspects include racial harmony/tensions, the economy, industry and social order. Rohter's writing style is brilliantly accessible, probably stemming from his career as a journalist and I can guarantee that you will fire through this book quickly.
However I hasten to give this book five stars. The book's weakness is that it does only provide an overview, an introduction if you will. Now if you are just looking to broaden your understanding of this diverse and complex country to the level of informed pub lecturer, this is fine, but if you are looking for stronger academic reasoning, you must buy this book and then suppliment it with works like 'Brazil: Reversal of Fortune' by Montero, or 'The New Brazil' by Roett. As I said, 'Brazil on the Rise' is a good place to start, but that is it.
What he does reveal very effectively is that Brazil was and still is a 'basketcase' country. Before I read this, I was one of the misled flock who saw Brazil as a country leading the charge for developing nations, a racial heaven where sun, sea and samba dictated an easy, exotic life. Now of course Brazil is going places, it has gotten so far in the last 20 years, but she is the proverbial swan, graceful on top, but treading water like mad. Rohter informs the reader that while Brazil is developing positively, there is still a long, long way to go in regards to economic stability, racial and social stability, poverty and so much more.
This is perhaps the books biggest gift, it helps to pull off the cloak of misperception about Brazil and deepen understand about this important, beautiful country. If you want to learn a little more about this country, but not throw yourself into the droves of academic material, this is your book. It is highly readable and worth it 100%.