In 1939, Brazil seemed a world away from the chaos overtaking Europe. Yet despite its bucolic reputation as a distant land of palm trees and pristine beaches, Brazil's natural resources and proximity to the United States made it strategically invaluable to both the Allies and the Axis alike. As acclaimed historian Neill Lochery reveals in The Fortunes of War, Brazil's wily dictator Getúlio Dornelles Vargas keenly understood his country's importance, and played both sides of the escalating global conflict off against each other, gaining trade concessions, weapons shipments, and immense political power in the process. Vargas ultimately sided with the Allies and sent troops to the European theater, but not before his dexterous geopolitical machinations had transformed Rio de Janeiro into one of South America's most powerful cities and solidified Brazil's place as a major regional superpower. A fast-paced tale of diplomatic intrigue, The Fortunes of War reveals how World War II transformed Brazil from a tropical backwater into a modern, global power.
Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication Contents Introduction Prologue: The Good Neighbor Part One: Prelude to War 1 The Key 2 The Left Eye of Vargas Part Two: Brazilian Neutrality 3 Dangerous Games 4 A Shot Across the Bow 5 Discordant Allies 6 Escape from Rio 7 Deepening Ties and Widening Divides Part Three: Slipping Toward War 8 Right Behind You 9 Welles Checks Out and Welles Checks In 10 A Question of Succession Part Four: Brazil Goes to War 11 The Decision 12 Lights Out Over Rio Photos 13 The Dinner Party Part Five: Brazil's Active Participation 14 Late Arrivals 15 The Promise 16 A Farewell to Aranha 17 The Challenge Part Six: Postwar Blues 18 The Exit 19 The Final Act Epilogue: The Legacy Acknowledgments Photo Credits Bibliography Notes Index.
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