Lafayette / Edition 1

Lafayette / Edition 1

by Harlow Giles Unger, Edward Knappman
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ISBN-10:
0471394327
ISBN-13:
9780471394327
Pub. Date:
08/19/2002
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company

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Lafayette / Edition 1

Acclaim for Lafayette

"I found Mr. Unger’s book exceptionally well done. It’s an admirable account of the marquis’s two revolutions–one might even say his two lives–the French and the American. It also captures the private Lafayette and his remarkable wife, Adrienne, in often moving detail." –Thomas Fleming, author, Liberty!: The American Revolution

"Harlow Unger’s Lafayette is a remarkable and dramatic account of a life as fully lived as it is possible to imagine, that of Gilbert de Motier, marquis de Lafayette. To American readers Unger’s biography will provide a stark reminder of just how near run a thing was our War of Independence and the degree to which our forefathers’ victory hinged on the help of our French allies, marshalled for George Washington by his ‘adopted’ son, Lafayette. But even more absorbing and much less well known to the general reader will be Unger’s account of Lafayette’s idealistic but naive efforts to plant the fruits of the American democracy he so admired in the unreceptive soil of his homeland. His inspired oratory produced not the constitutional democracy he sought but the bloody Jacobin excesses of the French Revolution."–Larry Collins, coauthor, Is Paris Burning? and O Jerusalem!

"A lively and entertaining portrait of one of the most important supporting actors in the two revolutions that transformed the modern world."–Susan Dunn, author, Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light

"Harlow Unger has cornered the market on muses to emerge as America’s most readable historian. His new biography of the marquis de Lafayette combines a thoroughgoing account of the age of revolution, a probing psychological study of a complex man, and a literary style that goes down like cream. A worthy successor to his splendid biography of Noah Webster."–Florence King, Contributing Editor, National Review

"Enlightening! The picture of Lafayette’s life is a window to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century history."–Michel Aubert La Fayette

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471394327
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/19/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 404,755
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.84(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgments.

Chronology.

Preface.

PART ONE: THE BEST OF TIMES.

1. The Young Knight.

2. The Quest.

3. First Blood.

4. Boy General.

5. An American Winter.

6. The Alliance.

7. Return to Royal Favor.

8. The Traitor and the Spy.

9. Ride to Glory.

10. "The Play is Over".

11. Conqueror of Cornwallis.

12. Completing the Quest.

PART TWO: THE WORST OF TIMES.

13. The Notables and the "Not Ables".

14. "I Reign in Paris".

15. Guardian Angel.

16. Prisoners of the Mob.

17. The Most Hated Man in Europe.

18. The Prisoners of Olmutz.

19. Resurrection.

10. Apotheosis.

21. Les Adieux.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Selected Bibliography of Principal Sources.

Index.

What People are Saying About This

Tom Fleming

I found Mr. Unger's book exceptionally well done. It's an admirable account of the Marquis' two revolutions -- one might even say his two lives -- the French and the American. It also captures the private Lafayette and his remarkable wife Adrienne in often moving detail.

Larry Collins

To American readers Unger's biography will provide a stark reminder of just how near run a thing was our War of Independence and the degree to which our forefathers' victory hinged on the help of our French allies, marshalled for George Washington by his 'adopted' son, Lafayette.
Larry Collins, coauthor, Is Paris Burning? and O Jerusalem!

From the Publisher

"A lively and entertaining portrait of one of the most important supporting actors in the two revolutions that transformed the modern world." —Susan Dunn, author of Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light

"I found Mr. Unger's book exceptionally well done. It's an admirable account of the Marquis' two revolutions -- one might even say his two lives -- the French and the American. It also captures the private Lafayette and his remarkable wife Adrienne in often moving detail." —Tom Fleming, Author of Liberty! The American Revolution

"Harlow G. Unger has cornered the market on muses to emerge as America's most readable historian. His new biography of the Marquis de Lafayette combines a thoroughgoing account of the age of revolution, a probing psychological study of a complex man, and a literary style that goes down like cream.A worthy successor to his splendid biography of Noah Webster." —Florence King, Contributing Editor, National Review

"Harlow Ungar's LAFAYETTE is a remarkable and dramatic account of a life as fully lived as it is possible to imagine, that of Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de LaFayette. To American readers Ungar's biography will provide a stark reminder of just how near run a thing was our War of Independence and the degree to which our forefather's victory hinged on the help of our French allies, marshalled for George Washington by his 'adopted' son Lafayette, But even more absorbing and much less well known to the general reader will be Ungar's account of Lafayette's idealistic but naive efforts to plant the fruits of the American democracy he so admired in the unreceptive soil of his homeland. His inspired oratory produced not the constitutional democracy he sought but the bloody Jacobin excesses of the French Revolution. "Father of the French people" he is said to have muttered on his death bed--" as long as they don't have to heed a word that I say to them!" —Larry Collins, Co-author of Is Paris Burning? and O Jerusalem

Susan Dunn

A lively and entertaining portrait of one of the most important supporting actors in the two revolutions that transformed the modern world.

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Lafayette 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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It seems inevitable in biographical writing that one becomes either attached to, or repulsed by, one's subject matter. There is little doubt that Mr. Unger is a HUGE fan of Lafayette. It impacts on his interpretations of the primary material and his overall portrayal of Lafayette. Lafayette was a complicated, if not at times confused, individual and deserves a more objective biography than this. While not necessasarily poorly written, Lafayette is not the in-depth, objectively written biography of Lafayette needed today. No doubt Lafayette was a idealistic and admirable figure, but he was also human. I would recommend one read Noel Gerson or Louis Gottschalk's biographies of Lafayette and skip this one.