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For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions

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They began as courtiers in a hierarchy of privilege, but history remembers them as patriot-citizens in a commonwealth of equals.

On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in the French city of Dijon. That night, across the Atlantic, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop.

So began what have been called the sister revolutions of France and America. In a single, thrilling narrative, this book tells the story of those revolutions and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually were. Their leaders, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, were often seen as father and son, but their relationship, while close, was every bit as complex as the long, fraught history of the French-American alliance. Vain, tough, ambitious, they strove to shape their characters and records into the form they wanted history to remember. James R. Gaines provides fascinating insights into these personal transformations and is equally brilliant at showing the extraordinary effect of the two freedom fighters on subsequent history.

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"Gaines has a dry sense of humor and an appreciation for human foibles, making him a fine companion even during the slower parts of For Liberty and Glory." Christian Science Monitor

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"A marvelous reliving of history through the lives of two key players who were also devoted friends." Kirkus Reviews

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"Although Gaines provides some useful insights into the commonalities of the revolutions, he is at his best in illustrating how and why the French Revolution evolved so differently." Booklist

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"[N]ot only a box of historical delights, but a timely one, too." San Francisco Chronicle

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One was a teenager but already a major-general because he was born French, noble, impetuous and incredibly rich. The other was already middle-aged, ice-cold, calculating and at first anxious to keep the French boy as far away from the field of battle as possible. Senior journalist Gaines tracks the complex personal and political relations between Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, newly arrived Virginia planter George Washington, and their respective France and America. Gaines goes beyond the myths to locate the political and personal reasons they were able to work effectively and dissects the complexities behind the relations between France and America from one revolution to the next. For example, we find what Washington probably felt about the beheading of the king who supported the American cause, whatever the motives, and the reasons why revolutionary France rejected Lafayette's attempts at leadership. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In a single, thrilling narrative, this book tells the story of the American and French Revolutions, and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually had been. Gaines provides fascinating insights into George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette and their personal transformations.

Synopsis:

They began as courtiers in a hierarchy of privilege, but history remembers them as patriot-citizens in a commonwealth of equals.

Synopsis:

On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in the French city of Dijon. That night, across the Atlantic, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop.

So began what have been called the "sister revolutions" of France and America. In a single, thrilling narrative, this book tells the story of those revolutions and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually were. Their leaders, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, were often seen as father and son, but their relationship, while close, was every bit as complex as the long, fraught history of the French-American alliance. Vain, tough, ambitious, they strove to shape their characters and records into the form they wanted history to remember. James R. Gaines provides fascinating insights into these personal transformations and is equally brilliant at showing the extraordinary effect of the two "freedom fighters" on subsequent history.

About the Author

James R. Gaines has been the editor of several magazines, including Time and People, and is the author most recently of Evening in the Palace of Reason. He lives in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393061383
Author:
Gaines, James R.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Series Volume:
Washington, Lafayett
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of color and 8 pages of black-an
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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» History and Social Science » US History » General
» History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
» History and Social Science » World History » France » General
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Product details 512 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393061383 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gaines has a dry sense of humor and an appreciation for human foibles, making him a fine companion even during the slower parts of For Liberty and Glory."
"Review" by , "A marvelous reliving of history through the lives of two key players who were also devoted friends."
"Review" by , "Although Gaines provides some useful insights into the commonalities of the revolutions, he is at his best in illustrating how and why the French Revolution evolved so differently."
"Review" by , "[N]ot only a box of historical delights, but a timely one, too."
"Synopsis" by , In a single, thrilling narrative, this book tells the story of the American and French Revolutions, and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually had been. Gaines provides fascinating insights into George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette and their personal transformations.
"Synopsis" by , They began as courtiers in a hierarchy of privilege, but history remembers them as patriot-citizens in a commonwealth of equals.
"Synopsis" by , On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in the French city of Dijon. That night, across the Atlantic, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop.

So began what have been called the "sister revolutions" of France and America. In a single, thrilling narrative, this book tells the story of those revolutions and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually were. Their leaders, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, were often seen as father and son, but their relationship, while close, was every bit as complex as the long, fraught history of the French-American alliance. Vain, tough, ambitious, they strove to shape their characters and records into the form they wanted history to remember. James R. Gaines provides fascinating insights into these personal transformations and is equally brilliant at showing the extraordinary effect of the two "freedom fighters" on subsequent history.

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