Gary and Rose Neeleman? history in Brazil dates back to the early 1950s when Gary served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Brazilian interior. The couple later lived in Brazil for seven more years, while Gary was a correspondent for United Press International, and one of the very few foreign reporters at that time that spoke, read, and wrote in Portuguese. Gary? time in Brazil as a correspondent was not long after the end of WWII, and a lot of his reporting had to do with the aftermath of the war in the South American countries. Fascinated with Brazilian history and culture, the couple wrote a best selling English language cookbook, and later chronicled the construction of the building of an Amazonic railroad from 1867?913,?Tracks in the Amazon, which was awarded the best non-fiction book in the Lain American, originally in Portuguese.

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