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Brazil: A Biography by Lilia M. Schwarcz
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Brazil: A Biography (edition 2018)

by Lilia M. Schwarcz (Author)

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For many Americans, Brazil is a land of contradictions: vast natural resources and entrenched corruption; extraordinary wealth and grinding poverty; beautiful beaches and violence-torn favelas. Brazil occupies a vivid place in the American imagination, and yet it remains largely unknown. In an extraordinary journey that spans five hundred years, from European colonization to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling's Brazil offers a rich, dramatic history of this complex country. The authors not only reconstruct the epic story of the nation but follow the shifting byways of food, art, and popular culture; the plights of minorities; and the ups and downs of economic cycles. Drawing on a range of original scholarship in history, anthropology, political science, and economics, Schwarcz and Starling reveal a long process of unfinished social, political, and economic progress and struggle, a story in which the troubled legacy of the mixing of races and postcolonial political dysfunction persist to this day.… (more)
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Title:Brazil: A Biography
Authors:Lilia M. Schwarcz (Author)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 800 pages
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Uma leitura essencial para entender o que fez do Brasil, Brasil. O livro não se presta a ser uma história exaustiva do país. As autoras destacam alguns períodos e eventos para explicarem mais a fundo, e associam o momento político e econômico ao cultural e social. ( )
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
This was outstanding throughout, a fascinating companion to a complex and difficult country. It’s the beating and bleeding heart of Brazil’s history wrapped in the alluring outerwear of a biography. My compliments not just to the authors but to their editors and publisher for the structure, pace and balance in the narrative. I am sure there will be an updated edition that deals with the complexities of the 2018 election and the early days of the Bolsonaro regime; another chapter could be devoted to the Lava Jato corruption scandal and its aftershocks. But in the meantime, this is the only place to start whether you're a casual reader or a serious student of Brazilian politics, society and culture.

A monumental achievement - thoroughly recommended. ( )
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For many Americans, Brazil is a land of contradictions: vast natural resources and entrenched corruption; extraordinary wealth and grinding poverty; beautiful beaches and violence-torn favelas. Brazil occupies a vivid place in the American imagination, and yet it remains largely unknown. In an extraordinary journey that spans five hundred years, from European colonization to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling's Brazil offers a rich, dramatic history of this complex country. The authors not only reconstruct the epic story of the nation but follow the shifting byways of food, art, and popular culture; the plights of minorities; and the ups and downs of economic cycles. Drawing on a range of original scholarship in history, anthropology, political science, and economics, Schwarcz and Starling reveal a long process of unfinished social, political, and economic progress and struggle, a story in which the troubled legacy of the mixing of races and postcolonial political dysfunction persist to this day.

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