Gisela Fosado’s Top Ten Books about Brazil


It’s less then 2 months until the Olympic games in Rio, and with the end of our sale approaching there’s no better time than now to read about Brazil. Editor Gisela Fosado wants to help you understand Brazil better. Check out her recommendations and enter coupon code STOCKUP at checkout, now through June 20.

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Barbara Weinstein, The Color of Modernity: São Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil

The Color of Modernity is a pathbreaking work. Barbara Weinstein’s exhaustive research and nuanced analysis of twentieth-century Brazilian political and social history will substantially reshape the field. The Color of Modernity will be required reading for all students of modern Brazil.” — Bryan McCann, author of Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro


bruno.jpgRobert Gay, Bruno: Conversations with a Brazilian Drug Dealer

“In telling the story of Bruno, sociologist Robert Gay succeeds in demystifying not only gangs and the drug trade but also an entire country. This is a carefully crafted study of a criminal career embedded in a society that for generations has denied citizenship to large numbers of its population…. This is an important book that skilfully utilises ethnographic interviews to tell the story of one man in the trenches of the global war against drugs.” — Dick Hobbs, Times Higher Education


Daryle Williams, Amy Chazkel, and Paulo Knauss, editors, The Rio de Janeiro Reader: History, Culture, Politics

“Prepared by three leading Rio de Janeiro scholars, The Rio de Janeiro Reader offers a sweeping and in-depth exploration of the city. Lively and interesting, it provides a gateway into understanding the social, economic, political, and cultural diversity of the city over the last 500 years.” — James N. Green, author of We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States


samba.jpgMarc A. Hertzman, Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil

“A sublime example of social history at its best. . . . Of special interest for samba enthusiasts is the magnificent, if lamentably brief, photo gallery of musicians. The book is ideal for the scholars of the music industry, Brazilian music, and the creation of popular music. With commendable English-language translations of idiosyncratic phrases, Making Samba is entirely accessible to those who are new to the Brazilian context.” — Michael Iyanaga, Ethnomusicology Review

John F. Collins, Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy

“Honest, engaged, and theoretically informed, Revolt of the Saints will take its place among the very best ethnographies of recent years. It represents original thinking of the first order and committed engagé scholarship. John F. Collins manages not only to produce a remarkable account of the multiple and changing ways that race and history matter in Bahia, but he also gives us all a lesson in the production of history and of historical memory. It’s a book that readers won’t soon forget.” — Richard Price, author of Travels with Tooy and Rainforest Warriors

hard timesBryan McCann, Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

“McCann’s analysis is insightful, and his research brings exciting new perspectives to contemporary Rio de Janeiro’s urban history and, more generally, the history of Brazil, Latin America, the Global South, and urbanity.” — Peter Beattie, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

negotiating.jpgJeffrey Lesser, Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities, and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil

“[V]ery well written . . . . The clarity of the writing, combined with plentiful and well-chosen examples, guide the reader through the very complicated experiences of native Brazilians and immigrants. An impressive array of sources and careful documentation supports the credibility of Lesser’s arguments. Historians of Brazil, of immigration, and of ethnicity who ignore this book will be making a serious mistake.” — Gail D. Triner, Luso-Brazilian Review

we cannotJames Green, We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States

We Cannot Remain Silent is a valuable addition to the historiography of Brazil and Brazilian-U.S. relations. The presentation allows readers from various disciplines as well as the general reader access. Green is successful in exploring the role of nongovernmental actors in the U.S. fighting against human rights abuses in Brazil, thus providing a new narrative in U.S.-Brazilian relations.” — Monica I. Orozco, The Historian

in search.jpgSeth Garfield, In Search of the Amazon: Brazil, the United States, and the Nature of a Region

“Garfield is to be commended for shedding so much light on the cultural and eonomic history of the Amazon in the twentieth century. This book is a must have for all those interested in development policy in the Amazon.” — Nigel Smith, Journal of Historical Geography

the brazil readerRobert M. Levine and John J. Crocitti, editors, The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Brazil Reader captures the history and culture of the South American country in small but powerful doses. . . [A] splendid work. . . . The scholar will find it a source of reference, while the general reader will gain a general knowledge of Brazil’s past as well as acquire an understanding of the country’s problems and prospects.” — Melvin D. Davis, South Eastern Latin Americanist

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