Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General (World Generals Series)
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 b
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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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 .
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.
Historian and journalist Marc Leepson is the author of seven books, including What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life (Palgrave, 2014), the first biography of Key in more than seventy-five years; Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General, a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette (Palgrave, 2011); Desperate Engagement, the story of the little-known but crucial J...moreMore about Marc Leepson...