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George Washington's Liberty Key: Mount Vernon's Bastille Key - the Mystery and Magic of Its Body, Mind, and Soul

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The exciting tale of two revolutions, the men who made them, and the key (now a national treasure) that connected them. Follow the fight for freedom - an idea whose time had come - taking two different paths, with two dramatically different outcomes, in what is definitely the Key Book about George Washington! This is the amazing story of how George Washington came by his K ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 16th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Scott Klemm
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
William Bahr’s George Washington’s Liberty Key received its inspiration from the key to the notorious French prison, the Bastille, that was presented in 1797 to Washington by the Marquis Lafayette. Today it hangs in the central passageway of George Washington’s Mount Vernon home.

The book is not entirely on the key alone. After the first three chapters, the focus is primarily on the two revolutions – first in America and then France. However, Bahr has given “life” to this inanimate object bestow
Bob White
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic analysis! I was fascinated by the author's drawing together a great number of facts on a wide range of topics involving Mount Vernon's Bastille Key, analyzing them, and then drawing compelling conclusions. Highly enjoyable, kept me interested from page one! Later found even more interesting information at LibertyKey.US and the author's linked page of Extra Supplements. ...more
David Vaught
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After touring a historic site, I have often regretted not studying the history beforehand. Understanding the symbols and significance of the site would be so much better with more preparation and knowledge. So I see George Washington’s Liberty Key as preparation for a visit to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home where the Liberty Key hangs in the central passageway. It has been there since Lafayette, Washington’s protégé who he considered a son, gave it to him after it was captured in the sto ...more
Dan Lennon
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
George Washington’s Liberty Key is a gem of a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. The eponymous key is the key to the Bastille. The author takes us on an adventure that begins with events leading up to the French Revolution and continues through to the years following the American Revolution. Much of the book focuses on the Bastille, but the book covers much more than that.

The story is narrated by the key who, with a bit of whimsy, the author personifies as our tour guide. As story after story unf
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author Bill Bahr (a.k.a. the Scribbler) takes you on a historical journey into the late 18th century using George Washington's Bastille key (Ferrous) as your travel guide. This unique way of presenting history opens the valuable past, that is American and French Independence. Ferrous knows quite a "bit" about the Bastille and the events that surrounded its construction and demise. He tells us about the French Monarchy and Revolution(s) through his eyes and how this related to the driven dedicati ...more
Margo Lestz
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book delves into history from quite a different perspective. The story is told by a key - specifically, the key to the Bastille which Lafayette presented to George Washington during the French Revolution. The key (called Ferrous) definitely has a sense of humor and he loves to make puns. Through his story we learn about the relationship between France and the US during both their Revolutions and the personal relationship between Lafayette and Washington. It’s evident that the author has put ...more
Gary E.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I salute my West Point classmate for providing us a diligently researched history of our historic 18th century connection with the French. Bill's adaptation of using the Bastille Key as the third person main character presenter is simply brilliant. The reader is drawn into the story with bewilderment, anticipation and excitement, while always being educated and introduced to fascinating little known facts. I highly recommend this book to everyone of all ages. A GREAT READ!
Gary Dolan, USMA 1969
David Smith
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Liberty Key" is an engaging and memorable and comprehensive history of several of the major characters involved in 18th century revolutionary France and the United States. The reader discovers the personal relationship details of many known individuals including Marquis de Layette and George Washington. This is all shared from the unique and memorable perspective of the Liberty Key from the Bastille prison. This book is enjoyable and memorable and well worth the readers attention. ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
IMHO -- great book! : )
Further information at www.LibertyKey.US and extra supplements
William Bahr
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"This book must've taken years of researching and writing! I either didn't pay too much attention in school or forgot it all, but I can tell you I learned (or re-learned) something from every single chapter. Heck, I was in France a few years ago and didn't learn this much during all of the museum tours!" – KG

"A genuine contribution to both American and lock & key histories!" – SK (antique lock & key expert)

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