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By David A. Clary

ISBN-10: 0553383450

ISBN-13: 9780553383454

ISBN-10: 0553804359

ISBN-13: 9780553804355

They have been not likely comrades-in-arms. One was once a self-taught, middle-aged Virginia planter accountable for a ragtag military of revolutionaries, the opposite a wealthy, glory-seeking teenage French aristocrat. however the childless Washington and the orphaned Lafayette solid a bond among them as robust as any among father and son. It used to be an unbreakable belief that observed them via betrayals, moving political alliances, and the rigors of war.

Lafayette got here to the US a rebellious early life whose defiance of his king made him a celeb in France. His funds and connections attracted the prefer of the Continental Congress, which steered Washington to maintain the exuberant Marquis from getting himself killed. but if the boy-general was once wounded in his first conflict, he grew to become a hero of 2 international locations. because the struggle flooring on, Washington present in his younger cost the makings of a brave and proficient commander whose loyalty, generosity, and eagerness to thrill his Commander in leader made him one of many war’s most desirable and encouraged generals. Lafayette’s hounding of Cornwallis’s military was once the ideal demonstration of Washington’s unconventional “bush-fighting” strategies, and ended in the British give up at Yorktown.

Their friendship persevered all through their lives. Lafayette encouraged frequent French help for a suffering younger the United States and in my opinion inspired Washington’s antislavery perspectives. Washington’s enduring instance as normal and statesman guided Lafayette in the course of France’s personal revolution years later.

Using own letters and different key historic files, followed Son deals a unprecedented glimpse of the yankee Revolution throughout the friendship among Washington and Lafayette. It bargains dramatic money owed of battles and intimate graphics of such significant figures as Alexander Hamilton, Benedict Arnold, and Benjamin Franklin. the result's a striking, little-known epic of friendship, revolution, and the beginning of a nation.

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