Brazil – Books You Should Definitely Read

Maybe you have already booked your trip to Brazil, maybe you are just in the planning stages or perhaps you are still just dreaming. Whatever the case here are a few books that may prepare you for what lies ahead or inspire you to turn your dreams into reality.

Brazil by Michael Palin


Michael Palin Brazil book cover

Any book by writer and actor Michael Palin is worth reading and this one is no exception. It tells of Palin’s travels through Brazil and his explorations, with excellent photographs interspersed amongst the text. Starting on the Venezuelan border where he meets the Yanomami tribe, he traverses this vast country, ending his travels at the mighty Iguazu Falls on the border with Argentina. In between he heads deep into the Amazon rainforest, explores the vibrant rhythm and culture of Salvador whilst meeting descendants of African slaves, wanders the streets of the favelas in Rio and strolls along the city’s famous beaches. He visits the metropolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city where helicopters are a common commuter vehicle and he travels to the Pantanal where he meets gauchos.

Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford

Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford book cover

This fascinating book is a true story and an account of Ed Stafford’s attempt to become the first man to walk the entire length of the Amazon River. Setting off in April 2008, it took Stafford nearly 2.5 years to cross the continent of South America and reach the mouth of the mighty Amazon, the world’s greatest river. It was a daring journey and this is a story of courage, determination, and extreme mental and physical strength. Stafford’s expedition had another purpose, and that was to raise awareness of environmental issues including the devastating effects of deforestation of the Amazon rainforest with resulting loss of habitats and disappearing tribes.

A Death in Brazil by Peter Robb

A Death in Brazil by Peter Robb book cover

If you want to learn more about the fascinating history of Brazil’s slave trade and the multicultural society that was left behind when slavery was abolished in the late 19th century, then this is a book that will interest you.

Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt

Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt book cover

Roosevelt and Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon were members of the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition into the Brazilian rainforest in 1913. If you want to discover more about the flora and fauna of the rainforest, then this is an interesting choice of book. The book describes the expedition, the scientific discovery, the flora and fauna seen during the expedition as well as the vistas.

Running the Amazon by Joe Kane

Running the Amazon by Joe Kane book cover

This is another exciting adventure story that tells of the first expedition to run the entire 6,500 kilometre length of the Amazon River from its source high in the Andes to where it runs gently into the Atlantic Ocean. A journey that took 6 months as the group battled their way through raging and often deadly white water rapids and survived encounters with drug traffickers and being captured by guerrillas.

A Short History of Brazil by Gordon Kerr

A Short History of Brazil by Gordon Kerr book cover

If it is the history of a country that interests you, then this book will serve as a great introduction to the history of Brazil. It describes the original indigenous tribal settlers, European colonization and Portuguese rule, the slave trade and the country’s independence. The book covers the lives of some of the political rulers, and looks at some of the difficulties facing Brazil today including the exploitation of the country’s natural resources.

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Author: Helen Dwyer