Nemesis by Misha Glenny
One Man and the Battle for Rio

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Mr Glenny cannot hide his admiration for his subject. But he resists the temptation to romanticise gang life.
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The astonishing story of an ordinary man forced to make a decision that would turn his world upside down
 
How did Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, a hardworking young father, become the king of Rocinha, the largest slum in Rio; the head of a drug cartel; and perhaps Brazil’s most wanted criminal, known to all as “Nem”? Nemesis is the riveting account of his ruthless ascent in Rio’s terrifying underworld, his sway over its anarchic outlaw culture, and his accidental fall. Nem tried to bring welfare and justice to a playground of gang culture and destitution, but he quickly found himself embroiled in a world of gold hunters and evangelical pastors, bent police officers and rich-kid addicts, quixotic politicians and drug lords with math degrees.

Spanning rainforests and high-security prisons, filthy slums and glittering shopping malls, Nemesis chronicles Brazil’s journey into the global spotlight—and the battle for the beautiful but damned city of Rio as it struggles to break free from a tangled web of corruption, violence, drugs and poverty. Nem is held at the center of it all, locked in a fight for his country’s future.

 

About Misha Glenny

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Misha Glenny is a distinguished investigative journalist and historian. As the Central Europe Correspondent first for the Guardian and then for the BBC, he chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He has won several major awards for his work, including the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting and is the author of five books, including the acclaimed McMafia. In the recent past, he has divided his time between Brazil and London, living for several months in Rocinha, the favela at the heart of this story.
 
Published February 21, 2017 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by John Kampfner on Sep 14 2015

So intriguing is Nem that I would have liked to read more verbatim – perhaps even an appendix containing transcripts of the interviews. That is to quibble. The complexities of Nem’s character are all too evident.

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The Economist

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on Sep 12 2015

Mr Glenny cannot hide his admiration for his subject. But he resists the temptation to romanticise gang life.

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