The Marquis de Lafayette is an icon of American—and French—history. Lafayette’s life story is the stuff of legend. Born into an aristocratic French family of warriors, made lieutenant in the French Royal Guard at age 14, and married into the royal family at 16, he traveled to the colonies at his own expense to fight in the American Revolution. By age 20, he was embraced bThe Marquis de Lafayette is an icon of American—and French—history. Lafayette’s life story is the stuff of legend. Born into an aristocratic French family of warriors, made lieutenant in the French Royal Guard at age 14, and married into the royal family at 16, he traveled to the colonies at his own expense to fight in the American Revolution. By age 20, he was embraced by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who became his life-long friends. Here, historian Marc Leepson delivers an insightful account of the great general, whose love of liberty and passionate devotion to American and French independence shines in the pages of history....
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Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General Reviews
The more I read about Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette the more I find him endearing, charming, and truly embodying the American spirit. He was taken with the American experiment from the beginning and he went to his grave with love for her in his heart. More to the point, he had soil from America sprinkled on his casket, by his son, Georges Washington de Lafayette. This short book gives excellent insight into his activities during the American revolution and the French revolutions (yes, both of them). Highly recommended.
A great companion to the St Bris biography released earlier this year. This one concentrates more on Lafayette's experiences in the american revolution. Seems like he mostly postured and begged for action. What he did do was act as liaison between the french troops and American Generals. More than that, his connections to the powers in France helped convince Louis XVI to join in our war and to send enough troops and supplies to turn the tide. Good writing, not at all tedious.
The author is knowledgable enough that this book reads as a synopsis of Lafayette's life, and an excellent one at that. While it primarily focuses on his role in the American Revolution, it does a great job of connecting his youth experiences with his later role in France, and makes clear his sometimes faltered but iconic role in spreading American democratic republican ideals to Europe.
Lafayette's courage, tenacity and fortitude in matters of both war and peace, having played an important role in 3 separate revolutions (American Revolutionary, French, and French-1830) make him one of histories greatest statesmen. In addition, Lafayette's dedication to the ideals of liberty and freedom-whatever the situation, are inspirational to this day .
I picked up this book thinking that it was something different. I thought it would actually be a text that used Lafayette's life to teach us something instructive. A historical self-help book of sorts. While I did learn a lot about Lafayette's life, I wondered about what was left out at the same time. Jefferson and his connection were mentioned multiple times, but Alexander Hamilton almost felt like he didn't exist on the stage (he was mentioned once). It's a brief and enjoyable ride through Lafayette's life. I didn't know, for example, all the work that he did when he went back to France and I had only a vague idea of his role in the American Revolution. Was it important? Yes, surely. But that he ran to the States when he was a a young man and with so much opposition against him, I didn't know all of that. I think my own expectations of this book shot me in the foot here, but since we don't experience media in a vacuum, I can't rank it as high as I would have otherwise. Consider this your cheat sheet to Lafayette's life.
Listen to author Marc Leepson discuss the Marquis De Lafayette and his book Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, The REAL Greatest Generation: Washington, Jefferson, Layfayette, Wednesday, February 13, 3 pm ET. You can tune in here: http://bit.ly/U4EEMd.
I knew little about the man. This is a short biography and it is well written. I know a bit more about him and find him fascinating. The man's life in France is a bit sketchy, but that's not what this series is about.