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Great insight into the Portuguese people...,
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This review is from: The Portuguese:A Modern History (Paperback)
Being a Portuguese myself, and now living abroad, I found this book a very good description of so many things that I see and feel about Portuguese people. So many things are nice, others not so nice but nonetheless also true.
I've also learn a great deal about Portuguese history, the part that is never taught at school, maybe for not being so nice about ourselves it is ignored and some how "brushed to under the carpet"... but again the book itself speaks about it and it might be right that it all started under Salazar's dictatorship.
Overall it is a very nice reading for both "foreigners" and Portuguese alike.
I would also recommend a similar, but much older, book: "Portugal Unveiled, Europe's Best-Kept Secret" by Sar Perlman and Virigina Costa Matos (ISBN: 972-9749-70-3). This one is now hard to find for sale and is also on a less serious tone, although a very good reading as well and, even today, very accurate on its descriptions of Portugal, the Portuguese people and their traditions.