Experts believe that Brazil, the world's fifth largest country and its seventh largest economy, will be one of the most important global powers by the year 2030. Yet far more attention has been paid to the other rising behemoths: Russia, India, and China. Often ignored and underappreciated, Brazil, according to renowned, award-winning journalist Michael Reid, has finally begun to live up to its potential but faces important challenges before it becomes a nation of substantial global significance. >After decades of military rule, the fourth most populous democracy enjoyed effective reformist leadership that tamed inflation, opened the country up to trade, and addressed poverty and other social issues, enabling Brazil to become more of an essential participant in global affairs. But as it prepares to host the 2016 Olympics, Brazil has been rocked by mass protest.
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"A thorough study deeply informed by on-the-ground reporting." (Kirkus)
The narrator was so bad at pronouncing Portuguese that it was exceptionally distracting from Michael Reid's discussion. As a book, this was a good introduction to Brazil’s troubled political and economic status, but the performer was just wretched to the point where I almost didn't finish.
"A comprehensive history"
The information was very thorough. However, not all events stayed in chronological order, which made it confusing at times. The narrator could have used some coaching on how to properly pronounce the Portuguese terminology and names, but, overall it was a very enjoyable experience and I learned a lot about the background of the problems Brazil faces today.
"2016 is a perfect time to read/listen to this."
Complex, Relevant, Enticing
The reading was solid, and as an audio listen, it worked well.
Lula and Dilma Rouseff relationship
Lula's childhood was grim - shaped his politics.
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