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O Brasil Que Dá Certo : O Novo Ciclo de
0070340846 - English
If you can handle the Portuguese, or can find the English
translation (roughly : The Brazil That Gets it Right : The New Cycle of
Growth, but McGraw-Hill changed it to
"Brazil : The Emerging Economic Boom") this was an interesting
work by a Brazilian business consultant, author of business magazine
articles, and professor at the University of São Paulo
who earned his Master's at the Harvard Business School.
In 1994, he argued that Brazil was finally going
to turn the corner and get it right through some of the recent political and
economic changes that were in progress at the time, as well as the basic
macroeconomic and social conditions which existed (i.e., in spite of bad
policies) on which a new cycle of rapid growth could develop.
Today, he might be advised to write a sequel
about the Brazil that swings to the left (under the new President Lula)
before the time runs out on his earlier predictions of another decade like
the "Brazilian miracle" years of the 1970's, when there was a large surge of
foreign investment into Brazil during that authoritarian / technocrat period
of military rule. Will the next decade see Brazil finally "get it
right", or become another "lost decade" of bad economic policies with good
intentions? Brazil should be able to develop much faster than
countries such as China and India, and become very attractive to foreign
investment again, despite its problems. It isn't there yet, but Kanitz
was right - the last decade showed it really is possible.
Kanitz claims credit for having predicted
in 1984 (also against conventional wisdom) the recessionary period of the "lost
decade" that led up to the time of this book, and there were certainly many
significant changes in the Brazilian economy which his analysis seems to
have foreseen before most other observers might have been willing to stick
their necks out and predict it.
I don't know whether he has written anything lately.
He would probably just be published in Portuguese now, perhaps in magazine
articles - look in the list of Brazil
contacts at the bottom of the page for other sources of information,
such as websites for Brazilian media.
It might be worth investigating, since he
seems to be a well-informed and
perceptive analyst who takes a longer-term view of Brazil's development, which is
rare in a country where some top executives say "the only thing you can predict
is that the sun will come up tomorrow - anything beyond that is pure
How to Be a Carioca
Rio de Janeiro is different from the rest of Brazil, and
especially São Paulo. If you are going to
Rio, this would be a useful introduction to the way of life of the Cariocas
(people who live in Rio).
Behaving Brazilian : A Comparison of North American and
Brazilian Social Behavior
Part of a series on cross-cultural, non-verbal social
communications published by Newbury House, with editorial guidance by Thomas
Sebeok of Indiana University. Others in the series included Japan, and
were to include China. I have not yet tried to track down subsequent
versions or other books in the series, but this one on Brazil was excellent
at the time. Since Brazilian gestures, idiomatic expressions and other
details change fairly rapidly, often in response to media such as the
popular "novelas" (soap operas) on TV, there would undoubtedly be new
details, but the basics should still apply 20 years later. May be
found in university libraries with Portuguese language studies.
A historical novel along similar lines (and length) to what
James Michener and others have written elsewhere. Useful insights into Brazilian
history and culture.
Foreign Ownership and the Consequences of Direct Investment
in the United States: Beyond Us and Them
Professors at the University of South Carolina's business
school; analysis of the similarities and differences between US and foreign
investors in the US to help guide policy decisions
Douglas Woodward, Douglas Nigh
Foreign Direct Investment in the United States (3rd Ed)
Institute for International Economics study
Edward Graham, Paul Krugman
The Handbook of Joint Venturing
Articles contributed by various specialists for US and
international joint ventures; Scott Hartz later led PwC Consulting, still
has useful insights for those interested in JV's
John Carter, Robert Cushman, Scott Hartz
formerly employed by PwC, represented their global location consultants
Thomas Paine : Collected Works - Common Sense, The Crisis, Rights of Man,
The Age of Reason
Along with the earlier Common Sense, Paine's writings
in Rights of Man and elsewhere are still relevant to an understanding
of the era of the American and French revolutions, and his vision of
endeavoring through his writings "to conciliate mankind, to render their
condition happy, to unite nations that have hitherto been enemies, and to
extirpate the world of the horrid practice of war, and break the chains of
slavery and oppression". More than 200 years later, those are still
challenging ambitions, but there has been great progress.
Just as Americans need to better understand the people and
cultures of other countries, people who choose to invest or live in the USA,
or do business with it, can benefit by understanding views such as these
which are deeply rooted in our sense of national purpose.
Once again, books are sometimes interesting in hindsight by
showing how people thought and perceived events at one point in history in the
midst of a period of change involving unpredictable future scenarios, rather
than with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight as a historian.
book defined the Republican opposition at the time to the approval of the
Panama Canal treaties, with endorsements not only by Ronald Reagan but also
by people such as Sen. Orrin Hatch, Paul Laxalt, and Jesse Helms. It
may also be interesting to review other books about the period when the
Canal was built, and American foreign policy in that era, which had been
more expansionist and militaristic than would likely ever be regarded as
politically acceptable in the US today. It was a very different era
worldwide, and US leaders tried to advance US interests as they perceived
them at the time, whether or not we agree with benefit of hindsight.
Congressman Philip Crane, with intro. by former Gov. Ronald
Reagan (before he became President)
Quantifying Sustainable Development: The Future
of Tropical Economies
Living in Latin America : A Case Study in Cross-Cultural
Textbook used with foreign language programs, the title is a
bit misleading since the focus of the research is mainly about Colombia, but
it can still provide some useful insights about living in Latin America.
Che Guevara, A Revolutionary Life
A well rated and more recent study than the one below
Jon Lee Anderson
Ché Guevara, A Biography
Originally published in 1969, this updated version can
provide insights into a legendary figure in the region who had a lasting
impact on guerilla movements worldwide, but the author isn't exactly
unbiased in his analysis
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