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Lonely Planet Brazil by John Et Noble, Chris McAsey, Andrew Draffen, Leonardo Pinheiro, Robyn Jones. Uncovers and explains the many layers of Brazil. Includes 100 detailed maps including seven of Rio de Janeiro, and a handy Portuguese language guide. Also a special section on Carnival

Lonely Planet Rio de Janeiro by Lou Byrnes and Charles Rawlings-Way. From samba clubs to soccer stadiums, Rio de Janeiro offers plenty of places to visit. Includes 9 full-color city maps

The Knopf City Guide to Rio de Janeiro by Seymourina Knopf and Romaric Sulger Buel (editors).Goes to the heart of the city with descriptions of customs and daily life.

Insight Guide Brazil by Jane Ladle. “This 384-page book includes a section detailing Brazil�s history, 9 features covering the country�s life and culture, ranging from its shocking wealth divisions to its passion for soccer and carnival, a region by region visitor�s guide to the sights, and a comprehensive Travel Tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus over 320 photographs and 17 maps.”


Argentina Since Independence edited by Leslie Bethell. Published The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics by Robert M. Levine and John J. Crocitti (editors) Capturing the scope of this country�s rich diversity—with over 100 entries from a wealth of perspectives—"The Brazil Reader" offers a fascinating guide to Brazilian life, culture, and history. 52 photos. Map & illustrations

Brazil: Five Centuries of Change by Thomas E. Skidmore. "Indispensable introductory survey of Brazilian history, 1500-1998. Pre-1930 history is treated as background. Second half is an outstanding narrative of politics and economic policy from 1930-present."

Samba by Alma Guillermoprieto and Erroll McDonald. For one year, Alma Guillermoprieto lived in Manguiera, a village near Rio de Janeiro, to learn the ritual of samba—the sensuous song and dance marked by a rapturous beat—and to take part in Rio�s renowned carnivale parade.