Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in An American Country

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Documents the era of global hyper-wealth through the stories of contemporary Brazil's colorful billionaires, tracing the rise and fall of Eike Batista and other Latin American tycoons and how their success has been shaped by politics, soccer, and violence.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812996760
Branch Call Number: HC190.W4 C83 2016
305.5234 Cuadros
Characteristics: xvii, 346 pages ; 25 cm


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A former Bloomberg News reporter explores wealth in Brazil - a country with vast natural resources and one of the world's top economies - through the lives of Brazil's colorful billionaires.

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Apr 24, 2017

Very poorly written by an inexperienced journalist who has little insight into the country, and little concern for inequality.

Sep 21, 2016

When I finished reading the book, I recalled Vin Diesel's character from the Fast & the Furious movie set in Brazil saying "You cannot arrest me. This is BRAZIL!" In Brazil, university graduates cannot be locked up with non-university graduates in jail. The grads get a special cell area. Author provides background to Brazil's economic changes when it was riding high in 2008 to the 2014-2016 period when money matters kept Brazil in the headlines. How past governments' way of doing business continues even now, thus ordinary citizens take to the streets to protest the lack of money in healthcare and education but there seems to be money for all the infrastructure and pockets of builders.

Aug 24, 2016

Looking at economic inequality in Brazil and the political accommodations tuns out to shed a lot of light on the situation in the US.


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