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Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio

by Misha Glenny

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Stephanie Nolen's review of this book was a bit harsh, but I have to agree that it is somewhat disjointed and hard to make sense of who all the players are. I also read the reviews in The Telegraph and The Guardian, which are generally favourable or at least neutral. Having spent some time in Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana, in hindsight, it is scary how close this all is to every day life. ( )
  APopova | Jan 2, 2017 |
Excellent rendering of a city and the genesis of a criminal - at once an examination of Rio's favela and the soul of one of its citizens. Through extensive research and many hours of interviews, Glenny manages to get us the inside story on a major player in Rio's underground and makes the story into an almost visually cinematic miniseries. A fascinating story. ( )
  dbsovereign | Apr 7, 2016 |
Nem ends up as Don of the Rocinha favela in Rio. In Misha Glenny's telling, Nem is more of a businessman than a criminal, and a provider of peace and prosperity, at least compared to other Dons. But several types of police, other gangs, and other dangers are always present in this corrupt world. ( )
  ohernaes | Feb 14, 2016 |
Thank god for Book Depository.
A fantastic introduction to life in the slums of Rio, and who controlled them. The story takes place inside the Rochina favela, in Rio, and the Don who ran it. The Don being a major drug dealer, with a baby face known as Nem. The story gives you a god introduction to the life, poverty, and corruption in Rio at all levels of the government. This was a very good book. ( )
  zmagic69 | Dec 21, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385351038, Hardcover)

From the author of McMafia and DarkMarket, an unflinching investigation into the tumultuous social, political, and economic landscape of modern-day Brazil.

His name was Antonio, but they would call him Nem. From the infamous favela of Rocinha in Rio, he was a hardworking young father forced to make a decision that would turn his world upside down.

Nemesis is the story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel, and perhaps Brazil's most wanted criminal. A man who tried to bring welfare and justice to a playground of gang culture and destitution, while everyone around him drew guns and partied. It's a gripping tale of gold-hunters and evangelical pastors, bent police and rich-kid addicts, quixotic politicians and drug lords with math degrees. 

Traversing through rain forests and high-security prisons, filthy slums and glittering shopping malls, this is also the story of how change came to Brazil. Of a country's journey into the global spotlight, and the battle for the beautiful but damned city of Rio, as it struggles to break free from a tangled web of corruption, violence, drugs, and poverty. With Nem at its center, locked in a fight for his country's soul.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 26 Sep 2015 14:28:41 -0400)

"How did Ant?onio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, a hardworking young father, become the king of Rocinha, the largest slum in Rio; the head of a drug cartel; and perhaps Brazil's most wanted criminal, known to all as "Nem"? Nemesis is the riveting account of his ruthless ascent in Rio's terrifying underworld, his sway over its anarchic outlaw culture, and his accidental fall. Nem tried to bring welfare and justice to a playground of gang culture and destitution, but he quickly found himself embroiled in a world of gold hunters and evangelical pastors, bent police officers and rich-kid addicts, quixotic politicians and drug lords with math degrees. Spanning rainforests and high-security prisons, filthy slums and glittering shopping malls, Nemesis chronicles Brazil's journey into the global spotlight--and the battle for the beautiful but damned city of Rio as it struggles to break free from a tangled web of corruption, violence, drugs and poverty. Nem is held at the center of it all, locked in a fight for his country's future."--Jacket.… (more)

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