Charlie Byrd, Herbie Mann, and others brought in bags full of discs from a trip to Brazil in 1961. Stan Getz listened to them and recorded Desafinado, which stayed for 70 weeks on the Billboard charts. Since then, no one can deny bossa nova's global appeal and influence upon jazz and world music. While celebrating bossa nova's 50-year presence in the United States, we can learn more about the movement's champion, Jobim, through poet and novelist Helena Jobim's "Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man." His personal, intellectual and professional history are detailed, along with his passion for ecology. Via many intimate and revealing photographs, and engaging and elegant prose, the story of his genius comes alive. 300 pages, 6" x 9"