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Want to understand more about Brazil?
on 23 December 2009
This is an exceptionally good book: entertaining, informative and fascinating. It splits into three revolving strands. 1) The author's personal experience in Brazil (which sometimes reads like a thriller) including insights on culture, food and language, 2) the history of Brazil from it's colonisation by the Portuguese (which sometimes reads like a thriller) including views on why Brazil is so culturally different from the Spanish colonies, and indeed North America and 3) the recent history of Brazil (which is a thriller) from the military dictatorship until today's president Lula with amazing background on where Collor and Lula came from and what their entourage was all about. I wish there was a book like this on every country I ever visit.