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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

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    In FL&G, Gaines provides an insightful look into the relationship between the Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette and General George Washington. Gaines discourses on how, at the age of nineteen, Lafayette leaves behind his wife, Adrienne, daughter, and country to seek a part in the struggle that becomes the American Revolution. He provides insight into the relationship that manifests itself over the course of over twenty years between the stoic, seasoned Washington and Lafayette, whose youth fosters a desire within him to leave his position in the Epee de Bois and fight for the cause of liberty. Gaines tracks their relationship, as well as that of the revolutions of their nations, through Lafayette's death. The content, as well as the way it is presented, presupposes a strong, if not entirely comprehensive, knowledge of early American as well as French Revolutionary history. Though much of it is intended to be anecdotal, much of the content seems superfluous and peripheral/tangential to the substance that Gaines seemingly wants to convey. Overall, though, I enjoyed the understanding that Gaines offers in FL&G.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

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    'For Liberty and Glory' is an extremely interesting look at the American and French Revolutions. With great details and a lot of research, James Gaines has masterfully written about how alike and connected the two revolutions were. It compared the revolutions and how they influenced each other and their respective countries, and provided a wealth of information without being impassive and boring. It also described the father-son type of relationship between Washington and Lafayette. I have read many historical books about this time period, and no other has captured the excitement and culminations of the French and American Revolutions as well this book.

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