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For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions
 
 
Author
James R. Gaines.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780393061383
Pages/Publication Date 533/2007
Daedalus Item Code 13613
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"In this absorbing and learned study, [James] Gaines chronicles the friendship of two great generals along with the American and French Revolutions, bringing great insight to both. He questions the standard theory that Lafayette and Washington had a father-son relationship and argues that the two men were the founding fathers of the centuries-long political alliance between France and America. This book is distinguished as much by the writing as the argument. Gaines's fresh narrative of the very familiar late-18th-century revolutions is exemplified by his exploration of the important role the playwright Beaumarchais played in French politics. With his typical flair for including perfect, cunning details, Gaines points out that Beaumarchais's nickname, fils Caron, sounded remarkably like the name of his theatrical hero Figaro. Thus, when Figaro debuted in the radical play The Barber of Seville, the self-consciously savvy audience knew exactly who they were watching on stage.... This winning volume will likely overshadow David Clary's Adopted Son."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
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