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Nemesis
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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.
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'Breaking Bad' meets 'City of God' in this gripping account of an ordinary man who became Brazil's most wanted criminal

About the Author

Misha Glenny is a distinguished investigative journalist and historian. To write Nemesis, he has divided his time between Brazil and London, living for several months in Rocinha, the favela at the heart of this story. Glenny also conducted many interviews at the Maximum Security Federal Penitentiary with Ant nio Lopes, who is the Nem of this book. As the Central Europe Correspondent first for the Guardian and then for the BBC, Glenny chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He has won several major awards for his work, including the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting and is the author of five books, including the acclaimed McMafia and DarkMarket.

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"Breaking Bad meets City of God" -- Roberto Saviano "fascinating dive into Brazil's terrifying underworld, where the stakes are all or nothing...Nemesis reads like a fast-paced thriller" -- James Hider * The Times * "A fast-paced crime story that paints a vivid picture of life in the sprawling favelas" -- Joe Leahy * Financial Times * "A thrillingly vivid picture of another Rio... [Nemesis] confirms Glenny's status as one of the most daring and original true-crime writers of today... A rich and riveting book" -- Francis Wheen * Mail on Sunday * "Glenny doesn't just write books; he lives them" -- John Kampfner * Guardian * "gripping narrative of cocaine and slaughter" -- Andreas Campomar * Spectator * "A magnificent work of reportage by turns raw and courageous" -- Ian Thomson * Evening Standard * "A dynastic 50-year Shakespearean sweep of organised crime that manages to be both intimate and alarming" -- John Kampfner * Observer * "Misha Glenny, an award-wining investigative journalist and expert on organised crime, has turned his attention to the drugs, violence and poverty that thrive in Rocinha, Rio's most infamous favela" -- Andreas Campomar * Spectator * "Glenny's book is fast paced and journalistic." -- Bryan McCann * Times Literary Supplement *

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