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Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General (World Generals Series)

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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 St. Martin's Press
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Nov 30, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing
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,
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Dec 18, 2010 Louise Leetch rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 22, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 29, 2013 Blake rated it it was amazing
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 .
Lindsay Goto
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 Laf
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Mar 30, 2016 Jay Wright rated it really liked it
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.
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Historian and journalist Marc Leepson is the author of nine books, including Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler (Stackpole, 2017); What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life (Palgrave, 2014); Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General, a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette (Palgrave, 2011); Desperate Engagement, the story ...more
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