Lost Samba is part memoir, part document of the birth of the new Brazil – a fascinating first-person account of a dark, but exciting, period for the country. Richard shows, first hand, the enjoyment and excesses of his generation’s urban élite of the lifestyle secured for them by the military rule. Ha also shows the country crawling from under the claws of that regime and, ultimately, the unfolding of one of the worst economic disasters in Brazilian history.
This book peers through the many clichés about Brazil, and surprises the reader with anecdotes, adventures, reflections and facts, while managing to be a useful resource for those wishing to understand this huge country.
Although the Lost Samba takes the form of a memoir it offers powerful historical and political insights into the recent history of the ‘sleeping giant’. The author was born into a rare position of being the son of British-Jewish immigrants to Brazil who was fully educated there. With this outsider-insider background, and with an adventurous and politicized spirit, Richard experienced the intense moments that gave birth to the country's democracy. As an author who is able to understand the Brazilian mentality and history as clearly as the ‘first world’ mindset, his writing is ideal for those seeking to understand how Brazil functions.
This is the fully revised, second edition, of Lost Samba. The book has also been re-designed and now has illustrations while the e-book now contains a plethora of links to help give the reader a comprehensive experience.