13 Amazing Books that will inspire you to visit Brazil

Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power by Michael Reid

Award winning journalist Michael Reid presents a comprehensive overview of Brazil’s history, economy and  politics and discusses the country’s potential to becoming an important global power.

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Brazil on the Rise, The Story of a Country Transformed by Larry Rohter

Informative and comprehensive overview of modern Brazil by a New York Times reporter Larry Rohter, who has lived in Brazil for decades. Divided into chapters on specific topics, Rohter covers everything from history, arts, culture and politics to energy and technological development.

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Nemesis:  One Man and the Battle for Rio’s Biggest Slum by Misha Glenny

A well-researched nonfiction book on organised crime, drug trade and corruption in Brazil. It tells the story of Antonio Francisco Bonfim Lopes also known as “Nem”, a Brazilian drug lord and a leader of Amigos dos Amigos gang in Rocinha, the biggest favela (slum) in Brazil.

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A Death in Brazil by Peter Robb

Blending his own experiences into the greater context of Brazil’s history, Peter Robb offers a very detailed picture of this country of extremes. In his travel memoir Robb covers everything from the history of colonization and slavery to modern day Brazilian culture, gastronomy and politics.

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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

In 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett and his son Jack disappeared in the Amazon jungle while searching for a fabled ancient city, the Lost City of Z. In 2005, New Yorker David Grann decides to follow Fawcett’s route in hope to discover what had happened to the expedition nearly a century ago.

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City of God by Paulo Lins

Semi-autobiographical novel by Paulo Lins. Set in the 60s and spanning 3 decades the novel describes the life under gangs rule in Cidade de Deus, one of  Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious slums  where Lins grew up.  In 2002 his book was made into a feature film nominated for four Oscars.

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Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life  by Alex Bellos

An entertaining and insightful look at Brazilian remarkable football culture. Bellos tells the story behind the great players and explores all aspects of how football became an integral part of Brazilian life.

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Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy  by Dave Zirin

An eye –opener book by sports journalist Dave Zirin, that explores the links between sport and politics. Focusing on Brazil, Zirin reveals the corruption and social inequality surrounding the major sporting events: the Olympics and World Cup.

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Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture by Christopher Dunn

The history of Brazil’s musical movement known as Tropicalia, that was forged by Brazilian artists during the country’s violent and repressive days of the military regime in the 1960s through to early ’80s.

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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado

Beloved Brazilian classic. Set in the small Brazilian town of Ilhéus in 1920’s, during a time of great social change. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is a romantic tale about a romance between Gabriela , an uneducated girl from the back-lands and an owner of a local bar.

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Brazil by Michael Palin

Famous British actor and TV presenter travels across Brazil from the lost world of Amazonia,  where he meets remote tribes to the vibrant mega-cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

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Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford

In 2008 British explorer and adventurer  Ed Stafford sets on an extraordinary journey. His aim is to become the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon river from its source to sea.

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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

Candice Millard, a former editor for National Geographic recounts Theodor’s Roosevelt 1913-14 expedition down the uncharted Amazon river. Classified as non-fiction, The River of Doubt is a fascinating tale of survival and adventure.

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