1808: The Flight of the Emperor: How a Weak Prince, a Mad Queen, and the British Navy Tricked Napoleon and Changed the New World

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6.3 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author
as the nation's best work of nonfiction the year it was published. He lives in São Paulo.
An Amazon.com History BestsellerWinner of the Jabuti PrizeA Brazilian Academy of Letters Best Work of NonfictionCritical Acclaim for 1808: The Flight of the Emperor"This vivid portrait of an unkempt, self-preserving king provides insight into the obscure history of Brazil. ... A meticulous and encyclopedic account of life in the colony of Brazil, as well as the doings of the Portuguese royalty in their new home ... 1808: The Flight of the Emperor offers important knowledge for understanding how modern-day Brazil, a diverse mix of the ancestors of Europeans, slaves, and natives, was created. ... Gomes tells that story completely, with vivid accounts from historians as well as original sources."--Foreword"Highly readable ... a well-researched, engaging history."--Kirkus Reviews"Good airline reading on your next flight to Rio."--Library Journal"Fascinating."--Publishers Weekly"A light and informative history ... Gomes offers a broad perspective on the period, portrayed in bright colors."--Folha de São Paulo "A rare portrait ... Gomes's research shines . . . in his ability to recreate with unparalleled flair a portrait of daily life in the colonies and how this all changed with the arrival of the Portuguese."--Estado de São Paulo"This is a book that you will read with a broad smile. ... The result of ten years of research, 1808 is a veritable guidebook through all the events that formed part of this little-known episode of history. ... It conjures up a delicious blend of good humor and erudition to create a broad portrait of events and people that crossed paths during the thirteen-year adventure in the tropics. ... Through short, cinematic chapters, Gomes successfully sets up a jigsaw puzzle in which each piece fits right into the preceding one. ... In addition to supporting the historical record with primary source documents and with more recent studies, he makes the people of the era jump off the page. ... 1808 reveals these events with grace and weightlessness. ... It's a historical synthesis that shines for the clarity of its explanations and for the interest of the past it projects onto the present. It's a well conceived idea sustained by a flawless methodology."--Veja magazine
The author of this study has produced a book that is enjoyable to read. .. .it does a fine job and gives casual readers a valuable overview. The book is a bestseller and has drawn a lot of popular attention to an important period of Atlantic World colonial history, which is of course desirable and impressive. .. .If one were asked to recommend the book as light reading for a popular audience, one would do so enthusiastically. -Historian--Historian