I Miss the Old Brazil

By Brian Winter

The boom years ended in disaster. But many ambitions of that era were wonderful – and should be revived, writes AQ’s editor-in-chief.

This article was originally published in O Globo Ten years ago this month, I moved to São Paulo to work as a foreign correspondent As an American, I remember being shocked - and utterly delighted - by the scale of the ambition I found By the belief that Brazil was undergoing an epic transformation, as occurred in my own country in the decades after World War II  Brazil’s economy would grow 76 percent that year Nobody serious expected that to last, but nobody believed it would grow less than 4 either At that pace, Brazil might become a middle-class country by 2020, some...

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