Brazil: The Making of a President

When he installed Humberto Castello Branco as Brazil's President after the 1964 revolution, War Minister Artur da Costa e Silva, 63, the bluff, hearty head of Brazil's military, said loudly and clearly that he had no desire to be President himself. That was two years ago, however, and General Costa e Silva has since decided that being President is not such a bad idea after all. In fact, he has all but tied up the job as successor to Castello Branco.

Sudden Surprise. Almost since the revolution, Costa e Silva has been content to act as the buffer between two...

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