A life in the Rio de Janeiro's numerous favelas (shantytowns), is one forever at risk. Death is simply an every-day obstacle, and enemies may just be those colleagues kept closest. Far from supermen, the members of the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) are faced with a single duty: to derail the drug traffic, which often has greater firepower than they.Written by anthropologist and former Brazilian National Secretary of Public Security, Luiz Eduardo Soares and two BOPE police cadets, André Batista and Rodrigo Pimentel, Elite Squad is a semi-fictional account of the authors' experiences in BOPE and details life inside the select cadre of highly trained Military Police, where kill-or-be-killed is the only option, and breaking the law is something often done to uphold it. Depictions of brutal torture, recounts of cold-blooded revenge, tales of harrowing, unimaginable violence and unpunished police brutality all boom with graphic intensity throughout, but ultimately it is the essential struggle to hold on to basic human morals in a world shadowed in corruption which brings understanding, even sympathy to its drug war-torn characters. Published in 2005, Elite Squad (Elite da Tropa) became a best seller in Brazil and touched off a firestorm of controversy that has since been heightened by the film it inspired. The book's description of the BOPE as a 'killing machine', and its detailing of an aborted assassination attempt on then-governor Leonel Brizola, reportedly resulted in the chastisement and censorship of author Batista by the Military Police. The subsequent film became an international blockbuster, winning the Golden Bear, the top prize at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, and has many critics considering the most important Brazilian film since City of God. Translated into English for the first time, Elite Squad, examines with painstaking candor the best and worst of human nature and enlightens readers on the universal weakness of government's inability to control a thriving underground industry.
|Produto sob encomenda||Sim|
|Marca||Hachette - Usa|
|Autor||Soares, Luiz Eduardo; Pimentel, Rodrigo; Batista,André|