Traditional friend of the United States, Brazil is a fascinating and exotic country. Its new capital, Brasília, rises austerely on the endless rolling central plateau. The majestic Amazon flows through the tropical jungles of the north. Bahia is a city of lovely old churches and colorful street life. Rio de Janeiro, on the coast, is endowed with a natural beauty unsurpassed by any other city in the world. S£o Paulo, to the south, is the greatest industrial center in Latin America, proud product of Paulista dynamism.
Despite the advances made in the energetic cities, Brazil's sterile plains, its great solitudes, its enormous swamps and desertlike wastelands make the country a land of the frontier. Brazil has incalculable mineral resources and lands rich in coffee, cocoa, cotton and a variety of other agricultural products. Their plenitude contrasts with the poverty of the squalid favelas of Rio and other cities, and with the misery of northeastern Brazil. Life varies from the sophistication of the great capitals to the primitive ways of savage Indians.
So much and more the casual visitor to Brazil may see. But Brazil is not a mere geographical expression, or a mass of bricks and stones; it is a nation of the spirit. Brazilians are proud of the fact that different races have learned to live together in harmony in their country. They are proud, too, of a culture which has made a world mark in architecture, literature, painting and music. And they are proud of Brazil's great contributions to inter-American ideals. They have a warmth of hospitality that matches the warmth of the tropical sun.
There is a growing sense of democracy in Brazil, as well as a sense of vigor and destiny and of confidence in Brazil's future. Brazil aspires to realize its potential grandeur.
All of these things and more are treated in this book published by the Editors of LIVE. The magnificent picture essays supplement Miss Bishop's brilliant text in order to bring the reader a better understanding of our South American sister republic. It is a timely volume. For misunderstanding is the handmaiden of ignorance; and friendship, understanding and cooperation between Brazil and the United States were never more necessary than they are today.
JOHN MOORS CABOTformer U.S. Ambassador to Brazil . . .