Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette

by Pierre L. Horn

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up This comprehensive, accurate study is an informative overview of the French nobleman and Revolutionary War hero's life which will be useful for reports and other school projects. However, . . . Lafayette is also dull, written in a prosaic manner that will neither spark the imagination nor encourage leisure reading from biography and history buffs. In addition, Horn fails to lay out Lafayette's political philosophy in a concise, thoughtful manner; readers must pick it up in often confusingand sometimes seemingly contradictorybits and pieces. A concluding summary of Lafayette's life and contribution is also missing. Horn's final weakness lies in over-assuming what his readers are likely to already know regarding late 18th- and early 19th-Century French history. There is no genealogical chart of French Kings or appropriate U.S. and European maps. . . . Lafayette is attractively put together and lavishly illustrated, although at least three-fourths of the pictures are only vaguely connected to the text and are often more of a distraction than an aid. Many libraries may own Sabra Holbrook's Lafayette: Man in the Middle (Atheneum, 1977; o.p.), a very detailed and quite interesting recitation which unfortunately contains a number of major factual errors and should be used with caution. Ann W. Moore, formerly at Lane Road Library, Columbus

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Facts on File, Incorporated
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World Leaders Past and Present Series
Age Range:
10 Years

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