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.