Lafayette

Lafayette

by Harlow Giles Unger

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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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471468851
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/31/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 188,589
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

HARLOW GILES UNGER is the author of Noah Webster and John Hancock (both from Wiley). A veteran journalist, he was a foreign news editor at the New York Herald Tribune Overseas Service and a foreign correspondent for the Times and the Sunday Times (London). The author of eight books on American education, he lives in New York City and Paris, France.

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 Olmütz.

19. Resurrection.

10. Apotheosis.

21. Les Adieux.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Selected Bibliography of Principal Sources.

Index.

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"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

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