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Brazil's Dance with the Devil

Brazil's Dance with the Devil

The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy

Dave Zirin (Author)

  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Released: May 30, 2014
  • ISBN-13: 9781608463602


Preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games have resulted in ordinary Brazilians holding the country's biggest protest marches in decades. Sports journalist Dave Zirin traveled to Brazil to find out why. In a rollicking read that travels from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the fabled Maracanã Stadium, Zirin examines how athletic mega-events turn into neoliberal Trojan horses.

"Dave Zirin has long stood on the edge of the sports writing world, exploding topics many of his colleagues are scared to approach. With Brazil's Dance with the Devil, he puts to bed any notion that the IOC and FIFA have the best interests of their host countries at heart. Brazil is a special country and Dave Zirin honors its people and history while mercilessly going after those who would undermine its people. This book is a remarkable mix of investigative sports journalism and insightful social history." —Glenn Greenwald

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