BRAZIL: Our Adhemar

The hottest politician in Brazil today is a swart, heavyset, pulsating man named Adhemar Pereira de Barros. "Our Adhemar," as his admirers call him, is governor of the state of São Paulo, Brazil's richest province, home of its heavy industry, and exporter of 60% of its cotton and coffee. Its capital city of São Paulo is the fastest growing big city in the world (1947 pop.: 1,600,000).

Adhemar is part democrat and part demagogue, part do-gooder and part spellbinder. There is something about him that suggests Franklin Roosevelt—also Huey Long and Fiorello...

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