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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - History - 533 pages
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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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I have had to pick up and put down this book so many times that it is frustrating. It is a very good book but due to a hectic schedule it has been hard for me to constantly read but I will finish it so I can move on to my next book. Read full review

Contents

Introductions
5
Lexington and Versailles
19
Endgames of the Old Regime
32
La Victoire
51
To Brandywine
59
Another Kind of Crucible
77
Enter France
93
The Beauty of a Draw
103
First Blood
244
Experiments in Democracy
258
Acts of Defiance
273
The Spring of 1789
285
Come the Revolution
303
Front Lines
329
Works of the Guillotine
363
Between Scylla and Charybdis
379

Showing Their Colors
118
The Ally and the Traitor
131
Into Virginia
145
Yorktown
156
Entracte
173
Movements West and Left
192
Forms of Bankruptcy
215
Two Conventions
233
Farewells
393
Epilogue
421
Notes
451
Bibliography
487
Acknowledgments
499
Illustration Credits
503
Index
505
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About the author (2007)

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

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