Brazil is fast becoming a potent international economic player as well as a regional power. This English translation of an acclaimed Brazilian anthology provides critical overviews of life, history, and culture and offers insight into Brazil's development over the past century. The essayists, most of whom are Brazilian, provide expert perspectives on the social, economic, and cultural challenges that face Brazil as it seeks future directions in the age of globalization. All of the contributors connect past, present, and future Brazil. Their analyses converge on the observation that although Brazil has undergone radical changes during the past one hundred years, trenchant legacies of social and economic inequality remain to be addressed. A foreword by Jerry Davila highlights the volume's contributions for a new, English-reading audience.
Ignacy Sachs is professor at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. Jorge Wilheim is a Brazilian architect, planner, and former government official. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro is professor of political science at the University of Sao Paulo. Translator Robert N. Anderson is associate professor of Portuguese at Winston-Salem State University.