• Lafayette
  • Lafayette
  • Lafayette
ISBN: 0471468851
EAN13: 9780471468851
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 1, 2003
Pages: 480
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In this gripping biography, acclaimed author Harlow Giles Unger paints an intimate and detailed portrait of the heroic young French soldier who, at nineteen, renounced a life of luxury in Paris and Versailles to fight and bleed for liberty-at Brandywine, Valley Forge, and Yorktown. A major general in the Continental army, he quickly earned the love of his troops, his fellow commanders, and his commander in chief, George Washington, who called him his adopted son. To the troops, he was the soldier's friend; to Americans all, he was our Marquis.

In a tale filled with adventure, romance, and political intrigue, Unger follows Lafayette from the battlefields of North America to the palace of Versailles, where the marquis won the most stunning diplomatic victory in world history-convincing the French court to send the huge military and naval force needed to win American independence. He then returned to America to lead the remarkable guerrilla campaign in Virginia that climaxed with British surrender at Yorktown-and earned him the title Conqueror of Cornwallis. Lafayette's triumph turned to tragedy, however, when he tried to introduce American democracy in his native land. His quest for a constitutional monarchy unwittingly set off the savage French Revolution and plunged Europe into more than a decade Read More chevron_right

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