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

Laurentino Gomes , Andrew Nevins
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  • Hardcover: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (3 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762787961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762787968
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurentino Gomes, fifty-seven, is a contemporary Brazilian non-fiction writer, and author of three acclaimed best-selling books: 1808, on the Portuguese Royal Court's move to Rio de Janeiro; 1822, about Brazilian Independence; and 1889, named after the year Brazil became a republic. With a combined total of more than 1.7 million copies sold, his books have remained on the bestseller lists of Brazil and Portugal for six consecutive years. Laurentino has won the prestigious Jabuti Prize, Brazil's most important literary honor, four times, and has had his work chosen as the best composition of 2008 by the Brazilian Academy of Letters. He holds degrees in journalism from the Federal University of Paraná and an MBA from the University of São Paulo. For more information visit

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1808: The Flight of the Emperor In a time of terror for Europe's monarchs--imprisoned, exiled, executed--Napoleon's army marched toward Lisbon. Cornered, Prince Regent Joao had to make the most fraught decision of his life. Protected by the British Navy, he fled to Brazil with his entire family, including his mentally ill mother, most of the nobility, and the entire state apparatus. Thousands made the voyage, but it was no luxur Full description

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4.0 out of 5 stars Factual and easy to follow historic detail 16 Jun 2014
By J.A. R.
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Historical detail covered clearly in relation to Brazil, with reference and links to Brazilian historicial rsearch, with the just the correct amount of information to encourage further reading if so desired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the early days of Brazil 15 Sep 2013
By A. Brown - Published on
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I first heard about this book many months ago when I was visiting South America and met a Brazilian who had read the Portuguese version and shared several funny anecdotes from the book with me. I was fascinated by the fact that the nation of Brazil owes its creation and independence to the only ever relocation of a Royal Court to a Colony (Lisbon to Rio) in recorded history. When I discovered that an English version of this book was coming out, I was quick to preorder a copy.

Having nearly finished the book, I can honestly say that it is a great primer for anyone wanting to learn more about the nation of Brazil. The book is filled with interesting (and often hilarious) anecdotes about the years leading up to the relocation and the roughly 13 years the Royal Court spent in Rio de Janiero after the flight from Lisbon. I've especially enjoyed reading the first-hand accounts of the lives of people that lived in Rio at this time. The author has done a great job of tracking down many primary sources to help the reader better understand the period and context of events.

The English version is topnotch and I have encountered zero spelling errors or grammar issues. Kudos to the translator and editors. I'm very much looking forward to the English version of the sequel "1822"!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Portugese Emperor Flees to Brazil 28 Oct 2013
By Jere William Roberson - Published on
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Histories, well written and researched, can be informative, entertaining, and enlightening. Laurentino Gomes has accomplished this. As an historian I am grateful for this well-documented read. The presentation of the cultural impact the fleeing monarchy had on Brazil is most rewarding. Gomes humanizes this history and moves beyond the mere informative of who and how and into the world of the impact human choices have on the world. If there is any weakness to the work it is the lack of maps, contemporary or historical.

This is a book worth reading twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice history about Brazil 4 Jun 2014
By Alvaro c. Sampaio - Published on
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Very good book it is worth to read it . It shows why Braziil is the way it is today
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5.0 out of 5 stars A readable account of a unique event 24 April 2014
By CaRaPr - Published on
1808 narrates the birth of Brazil as a nation. It was not a revolution that formed the country, but a fleeing king and his entourage. That is peculiar in itself, but the details are even more out of the ordinary, and that's where this book stands out.

The book reads like an article in The Atlantic maganize. The chapters are very short, further increasing the readability.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history of which I was totally unaware 19 April 2014
By JohnS - Published on
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A very well written portrayal of the Portuguese crown's hasty exit from Napoleon and its impact on the development of Brazil. If you like history it is a great read.
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