The Brazil Chronicles (Hardcover)

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The Brazil Chronicles (Hardcover)


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As a young journalist at the Brazil Herald from 1979-81, Stephen G. Bloom spent his formative years working in Rio’s seedy Lapa district, surrounded by expatriates, drug runners, and pornographers. Bloom shares the wild, untamed history of this Brazil-based English-language newspaper in The Brazil Chronicles. The newspaper was a breeding ground for a different kind of storyteller — audacious risk-takers who told madcap tales of Amazon plantations, Confederate emigres, and lost Indian tribes. Several major journalistic talents cut their teeth at the Brazil Herald, including acclaimed New York Times correspondent Tad Szulc, Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau, and the notorious Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. 
Drawing from extensive research and over 150 interviews with his former colleagues, Bloom’s exploration of the Brazil Herald is both entertaining and academically rigorous. The book also doubles as a coming-of-age memoir, following the young Bloom as he embarks on his quest to be a reporter, relocating to an entirely new country where he did not speak the local language, to pursue under-the-radar stories. His firsthand experience with the Brazil Herald allows him to provide an insider, eye-witness account of the paper’s colorful history, transporting the reader to its sweltering newsroom and delving into the lives of its staff members. 
Even as he weaves between personal narrative, history, and accounts from other reporters, it remains clear who the book’s main character is: the trailblazing newspaper itself. 

Stephen G. Bloom worked as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, San Jose Mercury-News, and Sacramento Bee before becoming a professor at the University of Iowa. The author of six award-winning nonfiction books, including Postville; The Oxford Project; The Audacity of Inez Burns; Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes; and Tears of Mermaids. A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News, he is professor of journalism at the University of Iowa. 

Product Details ISBN: 9780826223159
ISBN-10: 082622315X
Publisher: University of Missouri
Publication Date: November 18th, 2024
Pages: 456
Language: English