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Brazil: Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Kuperard (Culture Smart!). Sept. 2023. 200p. ISBN 9781787023390. pap. $14.99. TRAV
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Brazilian-born Branco’s book about Brazil doesn’t just focus on the South American country’s scenic attractions and how to see the sites; it offers great insight into the history, local culture, people, and way of life, as well as providing information about how the country has developed and changed over the years. The scope of topics is wide, covering everything from Brazil’s colonization to modern life. The title also gives tourists warnings about how to blend in and be safe and provides some do’s and don’t’s too—expectations when shaking someone’s hand or making eye contact, for example—so that travelers are respectful of the culture. Plentiful black-and-white photos are included, but some readers may feel that color images would have more effectively showcased the country’s amazing must-see sights.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for its abundance of knowledge about Brazil, its people, and its customs.
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