BRAZIL: Comeback

Adhemar de Barros. once the flamboyant governor of São Paulo and lately a political down-and-out, last week dragged himself back from oblivion by winning the mayoralty of Sao Paulo city. The comeback was spectacular; a year ago Adhemar, convicted of giving away five state-owned trucks while in office, was living in uneasy exile in Bolivia.*

Beefy Adhemar is a handshaking charmer with a common touch. Beginning as a member of the São Paulo state legislature in 1934, he went on to become governor, first by presidential appointment, and. in 1947, by the ballot box. He grew wealthy in office—but at...

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