Brazil: The Hammer & the Anvil

There is much to talk about at the lengthy Cabinet meetings in Rio's Laranjeiras Palace, where President Joāo Goulart makes his headquarters when he is in Rio. Brazil's economy is a shambles, the army uneasy, the unions are grumbling. But none of these rates as Topic A with Goulart. His consuming interest is what to do about the occupant of a palace less than a mile away: Carlos Lacerda, 49, governor of Guanabara state (which includes Rio) and Goulart's most dangerous political foe.

Always Before Him. For two racking years, Lacerda has tormented...

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