Joao Goulart - Luiz Roberto Lopez

Joao Goulart - Luiz Roberto Lopez

João Goulart: A Biography

A Life of Passion and Politics

João Goulart was a charismatic and controversial figure in Brazilian history. As president from 1961 to 1964, he led the country through a period of great social and political change. His policies, which included land reform and increased social welfare programs, angered the wealthy elite and the military. In 1964, he was overthrown in a military coup.

A Man of the People

Goulart was born in 1918 into a wealthy family in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He studied law and became involved in politics at a young age. He was elected to the Brazilian Congress in 1950 and served as Minister of Labor from 1953 to 1954. In 1955, he was elected vice president under Juscelino Kubitschek.

A President for the Poor

As president, Goulart implemented a number of policies that benefited the poor and working class. He raised the minimum wage, expanded social security, and built new schools and hospitals. He also began a land reform program that redistributed land from large landowners to poor peasants.

A Threat to the Elite

Goulart's policies angered the wealthy elite and the military. They feared that he was a communist and that he would lead Brazil into a socialist revolution. In 1964, they staged a military coup and overthrew Goulart.

A Legacy of Controversy

Goulart's legacy is still debated today. Some view him as a hero who fought for the rights of the poor and working class. Others view him as a dangerous radical who threatened Brazil's democracy. Regardless of one's opinion of Goulart, there is no doubt that he was a major figure in Brazilian history.

Why You Should Read This Book

Luiz Roberto Lopez's biography of João Goulart is a fascinating and well-written account of the life of this complex and controversial figure. Lopez draws on a wealth of sources, including interviews with Goulart's friends and family, to create a vivid portrait of the man and his times. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Brazilian history or Latin American politics.

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