The Accidental President of Brazil
By (author) Fernando Henrique Cardoso
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Accidental President of Brazil by Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Book DescriptionFernando Henrique Cardoso received a phone call in the middle of the night asking him to be the new Finance Minister of Brazil. As he put the phone down and stared into the darkness of his hotel room, he feared he'd been handed a political death sentence. The year was 1993, and he would be responsible for an economy that had had seven different currencies in the previous eight years to cope with inflation that had run at 3000 percent a year. Brazil had a habit of chewing up finance ministers with the ferocity of an Amazon piranha. This was just one of the turns in a largely unscripted and sometimes unwanted political career. In exile during the harshest period of the junta that ruled Brazil for twenty years, Cardoso started his political life with a tentative run for the Federal Senate in 1978. Within fifteen years, and despite himself, this former sociologist was running the country. And what a country! Brazil, it is often said, is on the edge of modernity, striding with one foot in mid-air towards the future, the other still rooted deep in a traditional past. It is a land of sophisticated music and brutal gold-digging, of the next global superpower and the last old-time coffee plantations. It is gloriously ungovernable, irrepressibly attractive, and home to the family, friends and extraordinary life of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This is his story and his love song to his country.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781586484293
(210mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Dependency and Development in Latin America, Paperback (March 1979)» View all books by Fernando Henrique Cardoso
At the end of WWII, several Latin American countries seemed to be ready for industrialization. Instead, they found that they had exchanged old forms of economic dependence for a new kind of dependency on the international capitalism of multinational corporations. This book offers an analysis of the economic development of Latin America.
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Author Biography - Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Fernando Henrique Cardoso was President of the Federative Republic of Brazil for two consecutive terms, from January 1995 to December 2002. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1931, he is married, with three children, and lives in Sao Paulo.
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