Lafayette: Hero of the American Revolution

Lafayette Hero of the American Revolution In this long overdue history of Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette acclaimed French author Gonzague Saint Bris recounts Lafayette s invaluable contributions to the American War of Independence and later

  • Title: Lafayette: Hero of the American Revolution
  • Author: Gonzague Saint Bris George Holoch
  • ISBN: 9781605980874
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this long overdue history of Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette, acclaimed French author Gonzague Saint Bris recounts Lafayette s invaluable contributions to the American War of Independence and, later, the French Revolution of 1789 The first study of Lafayette to appear in almost ten years, Saint Bris new volume recounts the young Lafayette s personal friendship with GeorgIn this long overdue history of Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette, acclaimed French author Gonzague Saint Bris recounts Lafayette s invaluable contributions to the American War of Independence and, later, the French Revolution of 1789 The first study of Lafayette to appear in almost ten years, Saint Bris new volume recounts the young Lafayette s personal friendship with George Washington, who went so far as to refer to Lafayette as his adopted son, and his pivotal role as Washington s aide de camp in helping establish the fledgling American nation.Lafayette s presence at the British surrender at Yorktown is a stark reminder of just how closely our forefather s victory hinged on the help of our French allies, who were roused into action by Lafayette himself equally absorbing and less well known is Lafayette s idealistic but naive efforts to plant the fruits of the American style democracy he so admired in the unreceptive soil of his homeland.

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    1. Gonzague Saint Bris George Holoch

      crivain et journaliste, il fut successivement journaliste la Vigie marocaine 1967 puis la Nouvelle R publique Tours 1968 , critique litt raire, animateur sur la radio Europe 1, chroniqueur au Figaro 1980 , fondateur et animateur de la radio libre M ga l O 1981 , vid aste culturel, directeur de la strat gie et du d veloppement du groupe Hachette Filipacchi M dias 1987 2001 , charg de mission au minist re de la Culture et de la Communication 1986 1988 , directeur propri taire du magazine Femme6 Il est chroniqueur pour Paris Match, notamment lors d v nements concernant les familles princi res ou royales Il a t trois reprises candidat l Acad mie fran aise, sans succ s.

    540 thoughts on “Lafayette: Hero of the American Revolution”

    1. This was an interesting biography about the figure of La Fayette who was kind of stuck in the middle of being seen in France as perhaps too pro-American and in America and still a French guy. He had of course a major impact on history and the United States owes him quite a lot for the success of George Washington's army against the British. This book is not particularly exciting but nonetheless interesting about this figure of the late 18th century probably more known in America than in his nati [...]


    2. Easily the worst biography I have ever read. Not a biography of Lafayette, but a vague history of France during Lafayette's lifetime. I got the feeling that the few detailed passages dealing with Lafayette were added after the completion of the book in order to drum up interest in a subject not worth recounting.I learned more about Lafayette in Ron Chernow's, "Washington: A Life."


    3. Chiant à mourir, son style. He writes like an overly admirative groupie, which gets in the way of the story of an interesting historical figure and all the characters of this period. And one gets the impression that he's a wee bit more than nostalgic for the French monarchy. Couldn't get through it, try as I might. Won't give up on the subject matter, but won't be picking up any of this author's books any time soon.


    4. Interesting and I like the authors easy to read style, history sometimes feels heavy but Bris is light. It's interesting. However, it was recommended for use with home schooled teens covering French and American Revolutions. I think it was long for this and also Lafayette was not monogamous, along with many others at this time in France. So for teens the book is clean but it does say who he slept with. The feeling and zeal Lafayette had for the freedom obtained in America is beautifully describe [...]


    5. Long story short, this was one of the least interesting books I have read about Lafayette, who is one of my heroes. It lacked the academic depth with which I am accustom and didn't offer anything new (in fact, it seemed to be missing factors that I have seen in prior books). Definitely would not recommend.


    6. I'm not sure I've ever given a book one star on before, and I was hesitate to now. However, in light of this book's many flaws, I feel like it's the only way to accurately express how I felt about this travesty of a biography. When I read it, I should have known by the completely uncritical adulation of Lafayette in the intro - of whom I hold a deep admiration for, trust me- that this book would be a bad and terribly biased read. First and foremost, it's missing anything in the way of citations [...]


    7. At times I would wonder who he was talking about as Lafayette was often a secondary character in the story. Do I feel like I have a better understanding of Lafayette after having read the story? No, I feel like I want to read another biography.


    8. We all know of General Lafayette from childhood, but other than his role in the American Revolution, I knew just a little. This book helped a great deal in filling out the rest of his life. Very profound individual. He worked to help bring democracy to France in 1789 (unsuccessful), survived the Reign of Terror, worked with Napoleon, was jailed by Napoleon, freed by Napoleon and then negotiated with Napoleon to abdicate on his 2nd visit to power. Lafayette never gave up on his quest to bring fre [...]


    9. Whatever I felt was lacking in the other books I read about Lafayette, this one made up for them all. In many cases it feels like I'm reading a novel rather than a history book which I appreciated. Lafayette's life was wide and varied. The sheer number of huge political events that he participated in feels legendary during such turbulent times. At the same time, I sometimes feel like there was a distance between me and the Marquis which is the only reason this book lost its stars.I learned a lot [...]


    10. I didn't realize this was written in French until I got home from the library. I will look again for a book in English. This is not what I would consider a masterful translation. The result is very stilted. It clearly shows the underpinnings of the French it was translated from. In a way I suppose that makes it a faithful translation. But it also fails to render the narrative into fluid, readable English. I had intended to include some damning examples but I am away from the book so you'll just [...]


    11. After having read over a dozen books on the revolutionary period, I've been meaning to read a bio on Lafayette. He was kicking ass in the Revolutionary War then helped kick start the French Revolution, except the latter didn't go as well as the former for him (or France). But he was respected the world over - even kings that loathed him for his anti-monarchy streak, begrudgingly respected him. Considering his exploits and bravery, it's sad he isn't widely remembered in the states. If he were Ame [...]


    12. Guess the author thought Lafayette couldn't fill a book because this one includes France, Napoleon, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Madame du Barry, Paul I (tsarevich of Russia) and any other contemporaneous thing--within 50 years--of Lafayette. Readable but not enough about Lafayette to retain my attention.


    13. This was an excellent Biography that explored the people around Lafayette and the American and French Revolutions as well as the man himself. The author's style is descriptive and engaging and his subject is fascinating. Overall an enjoyable read.


    14. Sans vraie révélation et avec un survol parfois approximatif des faits, ce livre retrace cependant avec talent le destin exceptionnel de LaFayette, ses échecs répétés et ses hésitations qui n'empechent pas la force de ses convictions et l'amènent à devenir le premier héros des deux mondes.



    15. Bavard, plein de digressions totalement inutilesAu moins j'aurais appris des choses sur La Fayette, mais je ne pense vraiment pas relire quoique ce soit de Gonzague Saint Bris



    16. Impertinent, peu érudit, trop plein de digression inutile et sans importance très peu éducatif parfois trop soumis à la grandeur du personnage. À ne pas lire.


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