Larry Rohter was Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief for The New York Times from 1999 through 2007 and is now a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis D. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He is the author of Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed.
 (May 2016)

Rio: The War of the Favelas

Young men at the top of the Vidigal favela, Rio de Janeiro, 2010
Although visitors lured by the prospect of sun, surf, samba, and soccer may not perceive it, Rio de Janeiro is actually two very distinct cities. Some five million people live at or near sea level in what Brazilians describe as “the asphalt,” supplied with all the usual public services: subways, …