BRAZIL: The Giant at the Bridge

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Nature made you a giant,

A beautiful, powerful, indomitable colossus,

And your future will match this great ness.

—Brazilian National Anthem

Brazilians speak fondly of their country as the Land of Tomorrow, the Land of Promise. In their hearts they feel that nature has endowed Brazil with endless resources, that one fine day Brazil will be as populous, powerful and prosperous as the U.S.—if not more so.

The Brazilian dream is made of more than dream stuff. Brazil is indeed a giant. In population (57 million) it nearly matches all the other nine...

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