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This book is aimed to provide foreigners with a head start to understand Brazil and Brazilians. It’s not a “behavioral” book, nor an encyclopedia entry (that you would find in Wikipedia) or an atlas section. It’s a compilation of the information that you would likely want to know if moving to Brazil, making business or just before a tourism trip.
When foreigners think about Brazil, usually what comes to mind is one or more of the following: Rio de Janeiro, Samba, Carnival parades, Christ the Redeemer, beaches, Bossa Nova and the Girl of Ipanema, huge forests, women in bikinis, UFC fighters, soccer players, feijoada and Havaianas flip-flops.
But Brazil is much more than these. This book will help you get past those "selling" images and get to know a little bit more about the real country and its people, both the bright and dark sides. I’m sure that you’ll find discovering more about Brazil an interesting journey, while I’m sure someone will be amazed to find out that in Brazil people don’t speak Spanish and the capital is not Buenos Aires.
This text intends to be concise and short, with the most important and interesting points, at the same time trying to be lightly funny and entertaining (but don’t expect it to be hilarious). Many Brazilians may learn a thing or two about their own country reading this book as well.