What are the roots of the worsening crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border? Why did soccer-obsessed Brazilians protest hosting the 2014 World Cup? What was Brazil's worst nightmare at the World Cup before drowning in their own tears from the humiliating 7-1 drubbing by Germany in the semi-finals? The World Cup and border crisis serve as springboards for an unprecedented, in-depth examination of Latin America. This illuminating book describes everyday life in overcrowded, chaotic cities as well as the pastoral countryside and storybook villages, showing alluring beauty along with haunting ugliness. This enlightening memoir uses more than 30 years of personal experiences in Latin America to reveal little-known facts, introduce fascinating people and unknown places. Award-winning journalist and author John Wright reported and traveled in nearly two dozen countries throughout the region. Meeting powerful and humble people, riding Amazon riverboats, climbing Andean glaciers, and getting stuck in remote places, he employs colorful vignettes to uncover delightful characteristics and quirks with a sometimes whimsical, always entertaining narrative. "Lost & Found In Latin America" bursts through preconceptions and misconceptions to show that so many things people believe about Latin America are painfully wrong: stereotypes, innuendo and half-truths. This book is a fresh look beyond the cliches to discover Latin America in new ways. After reading "Lost & Found in Latin America," readers will view and experience the region and its people in a whole new way. The book answers these questions: What do Mexicans call people north of the border? (No, not gringo) Which Latin American country boasts the happiest people in the world? What event do Brazilians consider their great national tragedy? What does the word "tuna" mean in Spanish? (Clue: it's not fish) Which Central American nation is not part of Latin America? Where did you get phone lines from brokers instead of the phone company? Which Central American country has been at peace with its neighbors since abolishing the army more than 50 years ago? What country colonized Suriname? Which South American nation lies entirely outside the Tropic of Capricorn? Where is Papiamento spoken? What language do Brazilians speak? Which two South American nations are landlocked? Panama was part of which country before becoming independent? Which major industrialized nation borders two developing countries in Latin America? What's the difference between a physical person and a juridical person? Where are Panama hats made? How did Tierra del Fuego get its name? From Panama's Caribbean coast, can you head eastward overland and reach the Pacific?"