From the April issue of Forum
In this occasional section, Forum recommends books in English that will improve your understanding of Brazil.
This Month’s Pick:
The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir
By Fernando Henrique Cardoso, with preface by Bill Clinton
PublicAffairs Books ©2006
Fernando 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.