Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations

Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations

Audio CD(Unabridged)

$63.47 $66.99 Save 5% Current price is $63.47, Original price is $66.99. You Save 5%.
View All Available Formats & Editions


In a narrative both panoramic and intimate, Tom Chaffin captures the four-decade friendship of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette.

Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette shared a singularly extraordinary friendship, one involved in the making of two revolutions—and two nations. Jefferson first met Lafayette in 1781, when the young French-born general was dispatched to Virginia to assist Jefferson, then the state’s governor, in fighting off the British. The charismatic Lafayette, hungry for glory, could not have seemed more different from Jefferson, the reserved statesman. But when Jefferson, a newly-appointed diplomat, moved to Paris three years later, speaking little French and in need of a partner, their friendship began in earnest.

As Lafayette opened doors in Paris and Versailles for Jefferson, so too did the Virginian stand by Lafayette as the Frenchman became inexorably drawn into the maelstrom of his country's revolution. Jefferson counseled Lafayette as he drafted The Declaration of the Rights of Man and remained a firm supporter of the French Revolution, even after he returned to America in 1789. By 1792, however, the upheaval had rendered Lafayette a man without a country, locked away in a succession of Austrian and Prussian prisons. The burden fell on Jefferson and Lafayette's other friends to win his release. The two would not see each other again until 1824, in a powerful and emotional reunion at Jefferson’s Monticello.

Steeped in primary sources, Revolutionary Brothers casts fresh light on this remarkable, often complicated, friendship of two extraordinary men.

"Revolutionary Brothers is a compelling narrative of an epic—and unlikely—friendship from the Enlightenment era, enlivened by bracing plot-turns and vividly-drawn characters."—Walter S. Isaacson, bestselling author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250242877
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tom Chaffin is the author of, among other books, Giant's Causeway: Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary; Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah; and Pathfinder: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire. His writings have also appeared in the New York Times, the Oxford American, Time, Harper's, and other publications. He lives in Atlanta.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Trails Long and Severe

Part One: The Road Rises, 1743-1777

ONE: La Victoire

TWO: “My Heart Was Enlisted”

THREE: Beyond the Reach of Pursuers

FOUR: The Pursuit of Happiness

FIVE: To Philadelphia

SIX: City Tavern

Part Two: Converging Paths, 1778-1780

SEVEN: “To Learn, and Not to Teach”

EIGHT: Renown

NINE: “Soldier’s Friend”

TEN: Stargazer

ELEVEN: “No One Better Situated”

TWELVE: “A Hunting with the King”

THIRTEEN: Burdens Wrong to Decline

FOURTEEN: Blast Like an Earthquake

Part Three: In Common Cause, 1781-1782

FIFTEEN: “The Latitude of His Plans”

SIXTEEN: “Flattered by the Command”

SEVENTEEN: Rumours Gone Abroad

EIGHTEEN: The Enemy at Monticello

NINETEEN: “A Good School for Me”

TWENTY: To Do Some Very Good Things

TWENTY-ONE: Yorktown


Part Four: Parisiens, 1782-1785

TWENTY-THREE: More Mortification Than Any of My Life

TWENTY-FOUR: “Your Name Here Is Held in Veneration”

TWENTY-FIVE: Paris Autumn

TWENTY-SIX: Hero’s Tour



TWENTY-NINE: The Patriarch of Passy

THIRTY: Holy Roman Empire

THIRTY-ONE: Hôtel de Langeac


THIRTY-THREE: Historical Scenes

THIRTY-FOUR: “No Rose without Its Thorn”

Part Five: Revolutionary Tide, 1786-1789

THIRTY-FIVE: Assembly of Not Ables

THIRTY-SIX: “To See What I Have Never Seen Before”

THIRTY-SEVEN: Canal Royal en Languedoc

THIRTY-EIGHT: Bed of Justice

THIRTY-NINE: A Parade in Aurillac

FORTY: Polly and Sally

FORTY-ONE: The Perpetual Union’s Final Days

FORTY-TWO: “Our Affairs at Amsterdam Press on My Mind Like a Mountain”

FORTY-THREE: “The Devil, More Cunning”

FORTY-FOUR: “To Navigate in Such a Whirling”

FORTY-FIVE: Vive le Tiers tat!

FORTY-SIX: “The Mephitic Atmosphere of Prejudices”

FORTY-SEVEN: “Paid at Panthémont in Full”

FORTY-EIGHT: “A Catechism of France”

FORTY-NINE: “Aux Armes!

FIFTY: Hôtel de Ville

FIFTY-ONE: Commandant de la Garde Nationale

FIFTY-TWO: “Vive la Nation!

FIFTY-THREE: The Sea Running High

FIFTY-FOUR: Duties Owed the King


Part Six: Diverging Paths, 1790-1824

FIFTY-SIX: “Despotism to Liberty, in a Feather-Bed”

FIFTY-SEVEN: “Cromwell Would Not Have Entered Alone”

FIFTY-EIGHT: A Clomping of Approaching Horses

FIFTY-NINE: Reign of Terror

SIXTY: “The Unhappy Fortunes of M. de la Fayette”

SIXTY-ONE: Quiet Days in Batavia

SIXTY-TWO: Hero’s Tour Redux

SIXTY-THREE: Autumn Reunion

Epilogue: “A Certain Idea”


A Note on Sources and Style




Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TFL 12 days ago
I was allowed to read an ARC from NetGalley (thank you!). This was very well-written and well researched. Tremendous care was given to both it is obvious! These two gentlemen have always been favorites of mine from American history. It was a treat to see them both in one read. My only quibble is that the links between the two are perhaps weaker than maybe the title indicated. Overall, it was an excellent read and I would undoubtedly recommend to anyone interested in these two powerful subjects.