'… this is a good, very well written book. It will be of great service to those interested in knowing more of Brazilian theory.' Scandinavian Economic History Review
'A fine introduction to Brazilian history.' Foreign Affairs
'It's no mean feat to tell the unruly story of a country as large, diverse and divided as Brazil in one volume of narrative history. But Fausto succeeds admirably in presenting facts, figures, events and influences in an orderly, palatable fashion. … Fausto has written a nuts-and-bolts account that will serve general readers as a navigable port of entry into the history and life of one of the world's most culturally rich nations.' Publishers Weekly
'The most distinguished historian of Brazil of his generation, Boris Fausto has chosen a broad-brush historical narrative approach, punctuated by a discussion of key controversies in the historiography. … A Concise History offers the non-expert reader a broad panorama of Brazilian history. The expert will appreciate efforts to capture issues and controversies in the historiography and to present them in a digestible fashion.' Reviews in History
A Concise History of Brazil covers almost 500 years of Brazilian history, from the arrival of the Portuguese to the political events that defined the recent transition from an authoritarian to a democratic political regime. This book emphasizes topics such as the destruction of Indian civilizations, slavery, and massive immigration throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.