Subtitled ""Politics and Society in a Developing Nation,"" the accent here is neither political nor sociological in the...

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REVOLUTION IN BRAZIL

Subtitled ""Politics and Society in a Developing Nation,"" the accent here is neither political nor sociological in the expected, formal senses of those terms. Mr. Horowitz has avoided the usual concentration upon ""perennial social factors in state of equilibrium"" and focused his attention instead upon the protean forces of today and tomorrow. He has accomplished this mainly by giving over half his pages to Brazilian commentators and policy-makers of every point of view, on the excellent theory that ""before we can instruct, we must learn from the Brazilians themselves."" The result is light years away from the accepted pictures of the fourth largest country in the world. ""No amount of wailing about the communist threat can ward off what is in the offing,"" he warns us, and that, in his well-considered opinion, is nothing less than a U.S.-Brazilian confrontation. We cannot prevent and we cannot even influence, except for the worse, the revolution which is sweeping through Latin America, he maintains; the most we can do is to ""temper our interest with understanding."" And this, in his incisive investigation of what the Brazilians themselves are most worried about, is something that Mr. Horowitz has tone a very long way toward achieving here.

Pub Date: May 4, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1964

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