For Liberty and Glory
Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions
ISBN10: 0393061388 ISBN13: 9780393061383 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Sep 30 2007 Pages: 533 Weight: 2.10lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.75" Depth: 1.50" Language: English
On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in the French city of Dijon. That night, across the Atlantic, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop.So began what have been called the "sister revolutions" of France and America. In a single, thrilling narrative, this book tells the story of those revolutions and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually were. Their leaders, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, were often seen as father and son, but their relationship, while close, was every bit as complex as the long, fraught history of the French-American alliance. Vain, tough, ambitious, they strove to shape their characters and records into the form they wanted history to remember. James R. Gaines provides fascinating insights into these personal transformations and is equally brilliant at showing the extraordinary effect of the two "freedom fighters" on subsequent history.