Brazil on the Rise has ratings and 54 reviews. Fred said: Larry Rohter is an important figure in American is one of the few jounalist f. In this hugely praised narrative, New York Times reporter Larry Rohter takes the reader on a lively trip through Brazil’s history, culture, and. Brazil on the rise – book by Larry Rohter. Brazil on the rise- the story of a country transformed is a book which fills the need and curiosity of the world which has.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Brazil on the Rise by Larry Rohter. Latry on the Rise: 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 Thf rainforest–and how a complex 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. Hardcoverpages.
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Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed
Jun 12, Fred Landis rated it it was amazing. Larry Rohter is an important figure in American journalism. He is one of the few jounalist for the underground press who made it into the mainstream.
In I decided he was the best writer in America. Find me another journalist who has not made errors of fact or judgement in 40 years. As it happens I lived in Rio at the same time as Rohter and find ghe significant that he would ln 15 years as the NYTimes correspondent in Rio.
Hunter Thompson visited Brazil and laarry he had been less drunk he might have staid and written this book. Rohter here shows perfect pitch for the gap beween Irse and Brazilian brazl. Americans are the only people on earth who obey all traffic laws and Brazilians obey almost none. Brwzil see something sanctified about not just laws but rules. Brazlians,especially Cariocas were born to run rings aroud rules.
Brazil has millions of people alrry are racists,but it is not a racist country. On what America and Brazil have in common: They are also societies whose cornerstone is optimism Feb 28, Al rated it it was amazing. I was really surprised with how much I learned from this book, because I was expecting a more “touching of the surface” treatment. This is important, because even though he shouldn’t be considered as someone with knowledge as the natives, he is part of a big family and through all the relatives of his wife he becomes intrinsically connected to the true Brazil.
And yet, even if written more leisurely at moments, the topics and ideas it treats are not that simplistic. After the author covers the history of Brazil, which is truly fascinating even for people who are intimately knowledgeable about European history, he goes on a cultural escapade to show us why Brazil is the land of “sin and salvation” and how the corrupt practices are a way of life, and everybody has to “help” everybody in order to function in the society. He also covers Brazil’s rich tradition in elevating music as a way of life, in a similar way that the French do.
The story of how the bossy nova music movement came to be is my favorite part of the book, and even got me into listening to the catchy rhytms. The second part of the book deals with the important problems that Brazil as a developing superpower needs to deal with: The last one is a ‘problem’ mainly because Brazil has always had the fame of not being considered “a serious country” according to some, and because of its eternal promise that “the future belongs to Brazil”, both of which are very hard on Brazilians’ egos and on the politicians.
I found the politics of the book to be fair, even if quite neutral, and very deeply documented. He doesn’t just talk of the presidents, but also mentions leaders who go against the current, such as Marina Silva, who was Environment Minister, but had to step down due to differences with Lula. For me, this book, while unpretentious, truly captures the spirit of Brazil and its people, through the music, through the corrupt practices, the nature, the uncertainty and, obviously, king football!
Dec 26, Fred Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: Like having a beer with a smart person and them telling you all about their country, from culture to technology. Certainly Brazil has made as many structural changes to their economy as China and India, over the last two decades. It seems those changes are starting to have an impact now, and the push to the World Cup and Olympics, only adds to that.
Maybe it is the country of the future now more, the future may be here. Jul 16, Alejandro Teruel rated it really liked it Shelves: A very interesting book on Brazil by New York Times journalist Larry Rohter who lived in the country for fifteen years. Eakin has a fascinating Udemy free webcourse, titled Brazil for Beginners at http: Rohters book and Eakins book almost exactly complement each other.
Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed by Larry Rohter
Eakins course is strong on Brazils history and especially on its 20th century political history, while Rohters book skimps on these matters and is stronger on the Brazil tha A very interesting book on Brazil by New York Times journalist Larry Rohter who lived in the country for fifteen years.
Rohter also provides much needed chapters on Brazilian 20th and 21st century arts and culture Creativity, Culture and “Cannibalism”energy and technological development Industrial Giant, Agricultural Superpower and Energy to Burn: Nationalism and Paranoia in the Junglewhich Eakin again glosses over.
Both the book and the course are geared towards the U. Some of the chapters merit as little as two stars but most fall between three and four: I would have preferred to give it 3. I highly recommend you read the book and take the web course, in order to develop a more balanced and deeper view of a country well worth studying.
Aug 27, A. Divided into chapters on specific topics: So it’s worthwhile for facts about Brazil but only a primer for something else more focused.
Dec 25, Rob rated it liked it Shelves: His sentences are a little too long and convoluted sometimes making a few paragraphs require a second or third read through but its a very completely and still pretty current guide to Brazil — I can’t speak on its accuracy, but it seems very well informed and aside from the long sentences was an engaging read! Apr 14, Angela Sun rated it liked it. Informative, detailed, and unbiased. Great read if you’re about to visit Brazil or want to find out more about the Sleeping Giant.
Comprehensive primer on economy, culture, and politics. I feel like it have a greater knowledge of the country and its culture.
Nov 20, Syria Haddad rated it it was ok. I was hoping that this book was going to be fun to read because I’m from Brazil and stuff, but it ended up being so boring. Informative but not riveting I read this book because I went there for work. Wouldn’t read it otherwise. You can find most of this information online.
Jul 18, Catherine Jett rated it liked it. I read this book for a summer reading program at the library. I would have never picked it up otherwise.
I am glad I did. It is definitely not the type of subject matter I choose for interest as I am not into politics or economics at all, but I still enjoyed reading all the info here, and learning about topics I don’t usually particularly enjoy. It is rewarding to read something totally out of what is normal for me. Had it been more of an interest of mine, I would have probably given it another I read this book for a summer reading program at the library.
Had it been more of an interest of mine, I would have probably given it another star, though, because it is definitely well written and thorough. The most troubling aspects for me in the book were the situations with the loss of the Amazon rainforest due to development, and awful, abusive labor situations that can exist in some parts of Brazil. I truly hope that both of these situations change soon. Perhaps if Brazil can attribute a large portion of its income to ecotourism in the future, it will have the incentive to preserve this resource at all costs.
Perhaps other nations and international politics will facilitate ecotourism into Brazil and other similar areas. It is interesting to learn of the culture of Brazil the importance of Carnival, the beach, soccer and realize that I really have no desire to become interested in these things despite a keen interest in Brazil and the rainforest throughout my earlier life. I also would not fit in with the idea of bending rules for some people and not others, and rubbing elbows with people in order to get what you want.
Or, for that matter, tolerating political scandals – forgiving them and letting the same politicians back in office ten years later, no matter how bad the previous behavior.
Indeed, this book was eye-opening, not just because of Brazilian culture, but foreign culture in general and how different it can be from my own. The few things I would like to see improved in rohtrr book are simple.
I would like to have seen more of a reference page at the end or beginning of the book. I liked the map, which I referred to a few times, but would have liked a few more cities or other details on it. I would have really appreciated a page with all or most of the political parties listed and a very brief description of what they were with their acronyms. Then, I could have understood more as I was reading about riss major player described in the book. It would also have been kind of nice to see a list of the major politicians, perhaps a list of the presidents in their order, or an alphabetical order of the major leaders and what party they were with.
A timeline of major events could have also been helpful, such as dates of political ideological changes, or the dates of large discoveries or decisions. I also wished some of my own interests would have been mentioned, but they are probably beyond the scope of the book.