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Revolutionary Brothers by Tom Chaffin
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bookshelves: history, non-fiction

I received an ARC of this book compliments of St. Martin's Press and History Reader.

Tom Chaffin finds a sweet spot in the level and kind of detail in this history. The players in both the American and French Revolutions were human with contradictions in their personalities, as well as doubts, hopes, and stress. Chaffin reveals how these personalities acted and reacted to the events of their lives without bogging down in great detail over specifics. When Jefferson is sent to France his job is to get more trade for American goods. French business will make that extremely hard. Lafayette helps as best he can. The relationship between the two men is the central point. There is no need for descriptions of trade negotiations. This makes the book an easy read. There are plenty of human interest details, the sort of nuggets you tell friends. And, yes, it is a sort of duel biography of LaFayette and Jefferson because they don't work together until later in their lives, but knowing the background helps to understand their later actions as well as the world they lived in.

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Reading Progress

June 6, 2019 – Started Reading
June 6, 2019 – Shelved
June 6, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 5, 2019 –
page 200
July 22, 2019 – Finished Reading
July 24, 2019 – Shelved as: history
July 24, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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