Hard Time in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

Duke Univ. 2014. 249p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780822355380. pap. $24.95.
This work focuses on the favelas (the overcrowded, often lawless, ramshackle communities that cling to the hillsides and are home to the poor of Rio). They are mostly off the tourist path, and few locals recommend venturing into them alone. This account is a good place to start for those who want to understand Rio's chronic crime and its deep-seated social ills.

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