Introduction
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The introduction discusses the book’s main themes, introducing Bolsonaro as a populist leader and his movement’s similarities with other populist successes around the world. The political earthquake of the 2018 presidential election is described and the Brazilian municipality of Uberlândia is used as a case study to demonstrate the upheaval at a local scale. The author’s background is explained and the context of Latin American politics discussed. The powerful lobbies that backed Bolsonaro’s presidency and the combination of social forces that allowed his rise are introduced. Three factors are identified as underlying the support for his brand of populism: economic recession, corruption scandals that undermined the credibility of Brazil’s recent politics, and an increase in violent crime. The three lobbies that form the book’s title are presented as uniting those who were unhappy with the country’s move towards a socially liberal left. The introduction ends with a description of the structure of the book, chapter by chapter.

Beef, Bible and Bullets

Brazil in the age of Bolsonaro

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