Nemesis : One Man and the Battle for Rio, Hardback

Nemesis : One Man and the Battle for Rio Hardback


His name was Antonio, but they would call him Nem. From the infamous favela of Rocinha in Rio, he was a hardworking young father forced to make a decision that would turn his world upside down.

Nemesis is the story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel and perhaps Brazil's most wanted criminal.

A man who tried to bring welfare and justice to a playground of gang culture and destitution, while everyone around him drew guns and partied.

It's a captivating tale of gold-hunters and evangelical pastors, bent police and rich-kid addicts, quixotic politicians and drug lords with maths degrees.

Spanning rainforests and high-security prisons, filthy slums and glittering shopping malls, this is also the story of how change came to Brazil.

Of a country's journey into the global spotlight, and the battle for the beautiful but damned city of Rio, as it struggles to break free from a tangled web of corruption, violence, drugs and poverty.

With Nem at its centre, locked in a fight for his country's future.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Politics & government
  • ISBN: 9781847922663



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