Washington's son: PART 6 of 6. The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio. @Auricchio_Laura

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Washington's son: PART 6 of 6. The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio. @Auricchio_Laura

Winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award

“Excellent . . . abundantly detailed.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

“Astute and often thrilling.” —The New Yorker

“A vivid raconteur and avid researcher, Laura Auricchio tells the story of Lafayette’s precocious military feats and political maneuvering on an international stage with passionate interest.” —Radcliffe Magazine

“Absorbing . . . well-written, well-furnished. . . . An excellent account.” —Frederick Brown, Wall Street Journal

“Describes vividly and critically the roller coaster of Lafayette’s successes and failures.” —Public Books

“A lively portrait.” —Peggy Carlson, The Free Lance-Star

“Admirably well-written, fresh.” —Harvard Magazine

“Robust, hugely satisfying . . . spirited and entirely accurate . . . [Laura Auricchio’s] book follows Lafayette’s life and career with greater sympathy and in greater detail than any previous account in English that I know of, and the infectious zest of her character descriptions is by no means limited to her illustrious hero. . . . [Lafayette has] always been far more deserving of a first-rate popular biography than either the General he worshipped or the Tyrants he opposed, and now at last he’s got one.” —Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly

“Absorbing.” —Henrik Bering, The Weekly Standard

“Superb. . . . Auricchio’s portrait of Lafayette will appeal to lovers of biography and history alike. She artfully weaves Lafayette’s story into a rich account of the interconnections between 18th-century France and America, recreating in vivid detail the worlds he occupied, from the salons of the Enlightenment to the battlefield and public squares of the New World. This is a book of remarkable historical depth, yet is very accessible to a general reader.” —America Magazine


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