• Binka Le Breton has also written about future of the forest that lies with the people who inhabit it: Indians, loggers, ranchers, river people, rubber tappers and miners. Her book “Voices from the Amazon” gives the forest dwellers a chance to express their own views on the development of the forest. Strangely enough, not many people thought to ask them before…
  • If you don’t know Brazil well, take a look at a fascinating collection of essays by Brazilianists of different nationalities, collected by leading Brazilian sociologist, Roberto da Matta, and David Hess. It’s called “The Brazilian Puzzle”.
  • Former New York Times correspondent  Larry Rohter’s book, “Brazil on the Rise”,  looks at Brazil as one of the up and coming BRIC countries before things went wrong.  If you’re one of those for whom Brazil is synonymous with football, then you’ll like David Goldblatt’s “Futebol Nation”  – a nice account of modern Brazil through a soccer fan’s eyes.
  • And finally, if you want a feel for Brazil in general, you can’t do better than  read some of the magnificent fiction written by Brazilian authors. You might start with Márcio Souza, whose “The Emperor of the Amazon” is a great, comic tale of a true scoundrel and his adventures in the Amazon.