Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Brazil Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Brazil Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic

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Brazil Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. Ed. by John J. Crocitti and Monique M. Vallance. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 9780-313-34672-9). Ebook available (978-313-34673-6), call for pricing.

Brazil's prominence on the global stage is on the rise. Its economic and political clout grows. The nation, which will play host to both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, will gain more attention as the sporting events draw closer. Despite Brazil's size and increasing importance, few general overviews of contemporary life in the country currently exist in English. Brazil Today sets out to remedy this. Co-edited by John J. Crocitti (The Brazil Reader) and Monique Vallance, Brazil Today provides readers with a comprehensive overview of all facets of contemporary Brazilian life from 1960 to the present.

The entries are arranged in alphabetical order by topic within two volumes. Each volume begins with a List of Entries to be found within the work. As both this list and the entries themselves are alphabetically arranged, this list seems redundant. More useful is the Topic Finder, which is also found at the start of each volume and arranges entries by topic. The first volume contains an introductory piece on contemporary Brazil, an introduction to Brazil's geography, and a chronology of Brazilian history from 1415 to the present.

The work is successful in covering an admirable assortment of topics, so that all aspects of modern-day life in Brazil receive coverage. There are entries on politicians, cultural figures, and important places and events. Each entry is signed by its author. When an entry mentions a person or subject that has received its own entry, bold-type is used to signify that such an entry exists. …

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