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)
Misha Glenny’s Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio aims to give a sense of what life is like in those favelas, which, though they exist on the margins of every Brazilian metropolis, are especially visible and important in Rio, where they number more than one thousand and overlook Ipanema, Copacabana, and other elegant neighborhoods. The book’s arrival is timely.