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Adriance, Madeleine. Promised Land: Base Christian Communities and the Struggle for the Amazon. State University of New York Press, 1995. A first-hand account of the role played by the Christian church in Brazilian land reform and human rights.
Eakin, Marshall C. Brazil: The Once and Future Country. St. Martin's, 1997. A solid introduction to the basic events and trends in Brazilian history, economy, politics, society, and culture.
Fausto, Boris. A Concise History of Brazil. Cambridge University Press, 1999. A clear history of South America's most culturally diverse nation.
Hess, David J. Spirits and Scientists: Ideology, Spiritism, and Brazilian Culture. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991. A study of the intermingling of science and religion in Brazilian life.
Morrison, Marion. Brazil. Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1997. Illustrated overview of urban and rural life in Brazil; for younger readers.
Page, Joseph A. The Brazilians. Addison-Wesley, 1995. Overview of Brazilian history and culture; also discusses the current socioeconomic and political status of the Brazilian people.
Patai, Daphne. Brazilian Women Speak. Rutgers University Press, 1988. Interviews with a variety of women.
Rocha, Jan. Brazil: A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture. Interlink, 1999. A concise description of the land and society, along with information for travelers.
Salgado, Sebastiano. Terra: Struggle of the Landless. Chronicle, 1997. A collection of photographs documenting the lives of Brazilian peasants forced off the land by industrialization.
Skidmore, Thomas. Brazil: Five Centuries of Change. Oxford University Press, 1999. Traces the history of Brazil from the time of European conquest to the late 1990s.
For younger readers
Dalal, Anita. Brazil. Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 2001. For readers in grades 6 to 8.
Haverstock, Nathan A. Brazil in Pictures. Lerner, 1997. For readers in grades 4 to 7.
Heinrichs, Ann. Brazil. Children's Press, 1997. For readers in grades 4 to 6.
Parker, Edward. The Changing Face of Brazil. Raintree/Steck-Vaughn, 2002. For readers in grades 5 to 10.
Richard, Christopher, and Leslie Jermyn. Brazil. 2nd ed. Marshall Cavendish, 2002. In the Cultures of the World series, for readers in grades 4 to 8.
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Latin America
Burkholder, Johnson A. Colonial Latin America. 4th ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Comprehensive study of European exploration and colonization in Latin America.
Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. Norton, 2000. An introduction to the complexities of an immense continent.
Crow, John A. The Epic of Latin America. University of California Press, 1992. Vivid history of Latin American civilizations, from pre-Columbian to contemporary.
Galeano, Eduardo. Memory of Fire. Pantheon, 1985-1988. Presents Latin American history in anecdotal format.
Hanke, Lewis, and Jane Rausch, eds. People and Issues in Latin American History. 2nd ed. Wiener, 2000. Brief essays on influential people and events from the colonial era to the present.
Keen, Benjamin, and Keith Haynes. A History of Latin America. 6th ed. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. A primer on Latin American history.
Macdonald, Scott B. Fast Forward: Latin America on the Edge of the 21st Century. Transaction, 1997. A study of Latin America's current economy and potential development.
O'Brien, Thomas F. The Revolutionary Mission: American Enterprise in Latin America, 1900-1945. Cambridge University Press, 1996. How U.S. corporate culture changed Latin America during the first half of the 20th century.
Skidmore, Thomas E., and Peter H. Smith. Modern Latin America. 5th ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Historical survey.
Tenenbaum, Barbara A., ed. Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. Scribner, 1996. More than 5,000 entries.
Williamson, Edwin. The Penguin History of Latin America. Penguin, 1992. Synthesis of Latin American history for general readers.
Portuguese and Brazilian literature
Baden, Nancy T. Muffled Cries: The Writer and Literature in Authoritarian Brazil, 1964-1985. University Press of America, 1999. A disturbing study of cultural repression.
Bell, Aubrey. Portuguese Literature. Oxford University Press, 1922, 2001. Classic treatment of the life and works of writers from 1185 to 1910.
Chabal, Patrick, and others. The Post-Colonial Literature of Lusophone Africa. Northwestern University Press, 1996. Collection surveying the contemporary literature of Portuguese-speaking Africa.
Echevarria, Roberto Gonzalez, and Enrique Pupo-Walker, eds. The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature. Cambridge, 1996. Vol. 3 - Brazilian literature, including its history from earliest writing to modern Portuguese language traditions.
Perrone, Charles. Seven Faces: Brazilian Poetry Since Modernism. Duke University Press, 1996. Poetry and lyric writing of 1950 - 1990.
Tamen, Miguel, and Helena C. Buescu, eds. A Revisionary History of Portuguese Literature. Garland, 1998. Traces the evolution of Portuguese literature from medieval times to the present.

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