Rio de Janeiro: Extreme City by Luiz Eduardo Soares

I started reading this excellent book recently and I very glad I picked it up in the bookstore. His writing is vivid, impassioned, and influential.  I came across this quote today and it resonated immediately:

There’s nothing so terrifying as an unpredictable power, because unpredictability makes it impossible to adopt a survival strategy and turns the dial of insecurity up to the maximum.

Soares, 2016.

Of course I cannot comprehend the conditions of which he writes, the cliche that hides the truth and the history of this city. Recent homicide rates for Brazil in 2017 do not make great reading, but there is more this country, and more to this city, then the cliches.  I recommend this book if you are interesting in South American history, social history, and travel.

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