Marcel Novaes has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. He lives with his wife and two kids in Uberlandia, where he teaches Physics at the university, struggling to convince students that the subject is not really that boring. He believes time travels are already possible, through history books. After translating relevant scientific texts for Editora Contraponto, in his first book, which is not about physics, Marcel decided to invite the reader to a journey into the second half of the XVIII century, when modern democracy was being built. The author has always studied History,
from Brazilian origins to nowadays, from the Roman Republic to the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the socialist experiences. He has read widely and deeply authors like Eric Hobsbawm, Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, Raymond Tallis, Milan Kundera, Edmund Burke, Gertrude Himmelfarb and Alexis de Tocqueville. Such readings eventually brought him to the American Revolution, when he was shocked to discover that there was practically no Brazilian bibliography about the subject directed at the general public. He decided to fill that gap.
In the 1760s decade, the relationship between Great Britain and its colonies in America developed many conflicts derived from increased taxation. Rebelling against what they saw as violations of their natural rights, Americans ended up declaring their independence, which would be asserted after a long war, and starting an experience of self-government of unprecedented proportions. THE GREAT EXPERIMENT tells the story of the creation of the United States of America, the first modern democratic republic.
From colonial times to the administration of the first presidents, George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the book goes through the political discussions around independence, the military difficulties and the disputes concerning the first Constitution. Easy to read and very accessible, THE GREAT EXPERIMENT will attract lovers of History books who want to know more about such a fundamental historical process.
Publication/ Status: by Record (Brazil) in September 2016.