Misha Glenny

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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 Antonio 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.

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ISBN: 9780099584650
Publication Date: 07-Jul-2016
Publisher: Random House