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  • Hardcover: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118006631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118006634
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even before the subprime crisis of 2008, economic growth in the United States was steadily decelerating. Over the eighty-year span from 1929 to 2009, average annual GDP growth was 3.6 percent, but the ten-year growth rate was only 1.9 percent and the five-year growth rate was less than one percent. With unfunded Medicare and Social Security liabilities growing at a rate of 33 percent of GDP ($5 trillion annually), the U.S. faces the greatest solvency crisis in history. Ever shrinking incomes and an erratic stock market combine with a widening gap between spending promises and actual resources to create a perfect storm of downward mobility.

As the U.S. grows more bankrupt by the day, many Americans are looking for investing opportunities abroad, but the familiar, traditional "advanced" temperate-zone economies of Europe and Asia seem just as bleak. In Brazil Is the New America: How Brazil Offers Upward Mobility in a Collapsing World, acclaimed entrepreneur James Davidson presents another option, explaining how Brazil has emerged as the new destination for investment success.

While the United States remains in the throes of financial crisis, Brazil has already undergone its own period of wrenching adjustment and has come out the other side all the stronger for it. Having learned its inflation lesson, Brazil is now reinstituting high-interest credit, paving the way for impressive growth prospects over the next decade, while transforming the country into an investor's dream.

With a population just two-thirds the size of that of the U.S., Brazil has created over 15 million jobs in the past eight years, while the U.S. lost jobs. Combining energy independence and vast natural resources, including 60 percent of the world's unused arable land, and 25 percent of its fresh water, Brazil is the first tropical superpower, offering a whole new frontier for growth. Add in a young population, a relatively underleveraged consumer economy, and a per capita GDP that has more than doubled in the last decade, and you have a recipe for investment success.

The awakening of the long slumbering giants, China and India, will profoundly reshape the world economy, and one country is sure to benefit—Brazil. Whether you're looking to relocate yourself and your entire business, or simply want to put your money to work somewhere that still has the potential to grow, Brazil Is the New America tells you about everything you need to get started.

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Praise for Brazil Is the New America

"This is a book about your future. If you wonder why Morgan Stanley chief investment strategist David Darst warns that Brazil is becoming more like what America used to be and America is becoming more like what Brazil used to be, look no further. James Davidson explains it perfectly."
—Donald Trump

"There's a lot that Americans can learn from other countries. In this book, James Davidson offers an insightful analysis of the surprisingly promising Brazilian economy. You will learn how 'the country of the future' holds promise whether you're an investor or an entrepreneur."
—Chris Ruddy, CEO and President, Newsmax Media

"Brazil Is the New America is far better than the title suggests. The title tells you that you're going to find out why Brazil is the next America, which you think you already know, but the book gives readers far more—the hidden role of BTUs, the Little Ice Age, and 'debtism.' In a way, it's a shame to find these tucked away in a book on Brazil. I read the Financial News and the Financial Times every day—Roubini, Ferguson, Grant, Hendry, Wolf—but Jim Davidson's macro-historical writing is the best. It is original. It is dense. It is clever."
—Bill Bonner, bestselling author

"Today's default view of the future says all prophets are false prophets: since we cannot divine determinate trends, we ought to learn to cope with uncontrollable surprises. In Brazil Is the New America, James Davidson wisely rejects this prevailing attitude, making definite forecasts with uncanny prescience. America's preeminence will give way as Davidson predicts, unless we confront and reverse the decelerating economic progress he so deftly describes."
—Peter Thiel, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist; cofounder, PayPal

"James Davidson has written the best account of the development of the Brazilian economy, which is now outstripping the United States. I strongly recommend Brazil Is the New America: How Brazil Offers Upward Mobility in a Collapsing World."
—Lord William Rees-Mogg, former Editor, The Times of London


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Lars
He almost always talks in vague generalities and presents lots of opinions as if they were facts but rarely, if ever, presents any actual data or facts.
Oerdin
Davidson's book is well researched and he draws information from many sources and puts it together to make for a very interesting and stimulating read.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rachel S. Jandecka on August 26, 2012
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There were 2 main reasons why I was interested in reading this book. First, I have read several of James Dale Davidson's books in the past and found them to be very insightful and I also have a daughter, along with her family, who live in Brazil. I found this book to be extremely interesting, not only because of the facts concerning Brazil but what the author had to say about the United States and why we are headed towards collapse. In fact, much of the book centered on what causes a country to prosper and what leads to their decline. Davidson's book is well researched and he draws information from many sources and puts it together to make for a very interesting and stimulating read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the dynamics of where we are in the United States and where this world is headed. Having spent a considerable amount of time in Brazil, this book gave me deeper insights and appreciation for the wonderful, fascinating country of Brazil.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Richard on September 18, 2012
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This is a great book with lot of good facts and insights. I would have given this book a 5 star rating, if the author did not show the following bises:

1. Author talks about Brazilian women too often and as objects of pleasure. Not sure, if this book is the right place to display the libido. Interestingly, his Brazilian wife divorced him.

2. Strong believer of Brazil. The chapter listing the downsides of Brazil is watered down and key issues (e.g. safety issues in cities like Sao Paulo) are ignored.

3. Very political. Fiercly Anti-Obama and anti-Gore. Not a word against George Bush junior and have Donald Trump as an endorser of his book. Makes one think.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2013
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I've been living in Brazil for 5 yrs and am married to a beautiful Brazilian. When I left the US at onset of the crisis and chose to pursue a new life in Brazil I had not considered all of the incredibly pertinent motives for doing so that are justifiably outlined in this book. It hasn't been easy establishing a new life but it has been an enjoyable journey and one that is certain to be prosperous and filled with joy for all the reasons about Brazil discussed in the book.

This is a must read for anyone who is plugging along in the US thinking that things will work themselves out as they always have and "this too shall pass". It won't, and this book will show you why!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Davis on March 18, 2013
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Excellent insight and comparisons to the history and current situation here in the U.S. My only critizism is the small amount of time the author spent on the maze the Government in Brazil requires you to run through to get a simple business authorized to do business. Also, the cost associated with trying to simply comply with the tax codes. They exceed even those in the U.S.

In 1964, I was sitting in an economics classroom when the Professor said, "Brazil has had a brilliant future in front of it for the past 100 years." That futurre appears to have arrived after an additional 50 years.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M. Snipes on October 20, 2012
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I've been delighted to meet the author and a number of his world-traveled friends, both at a luncheon and after several discources on the history and future of what I call: "the economy of civilized society." Having been around the block with those of us who are either entering (or well into) the second half of life, James Davidson offers here a mature perspective I enjoy -- something generally lacking in the general media today. In the book Mr. Davidson presents original threads of thought relating to world resources, popular delusions and psychology, and the shortcomings of national governments in the face of rocking and rolling markets. He offers us options of succeeding in a global financial world that is "really out there" and much more awesome than the statistical fantasy presented by statist employees of various shadow governments. Our families have to deal creatively with the options that are really presented to us by life today. Brazil certainly appears to be a major player in all of our futures. I'm enjoying the chapters written well in this his new book, plan to share a lot of his ideas with family and friends over the Holidays. Also last, but not least -- follow his advice in investing in the Brazilian opportunities.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Orey on May 25, 2013
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Is it possible to give a book a negative star?

As an ex-pat living in Brasil I was excited to find this book, and downloaded it on my kindle.

This first part went well, I enjoyed reading how Brasil has certain advantages. I find I want to agree with him about the demise of the USA, but his reasons for it quickly became bizarre... first that global climate change science is wrong... sigh, oh please! Then to ignore the damage of Bush-Chenney and the military expansion and blame it on social services... is just dumb. Then he descends into an anti-Obama rant... A really bizarre anti-Obama rant... tiresome, odd, and very, very nutty.

Too bad, as I do agree, Brasil IS the country of the future, warts and all... but I fear the author is so far off base with his criticism of Obama here that his argument for Brasil is lost. The book reads as if it were written by folks at Fox News... Extremely disappointing...

This book in my kindle makes my kindle seem dirty... I must delete it!
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