Jerry Dávila, author of Diploma of Whiteness (2003), has produced another exciting monograph on Brazilian racial thought during the twentieth century. Hotel Trópico begins with the election of President Getúlio Vargas for his third term (1951 – 54) and examines Brazil’s diplomatic initiatives in Africa during the time Brazil shifted to the military government (1964) and enjoyed her “economic miracle” (1969 – 74). The book title comes from a hotel in Luanda where Brazilian diplomat Ovídio de Mello and his wife Ivony de Mello stayed near the end of civil wars in Angola, when many Portuguese colonists were fleeing the country. The hotel was “the site of the most incongruous acts of Brazilian foreign policy” (p. 1) as Brazil became the first country to recognize Angolan independence under the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in November 1975. Hotel Trópico is...

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