The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (Paperback)

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The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (Paperback)


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Winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award

The Marquis de Lafayette at age nineteen volunteered to fight under George Washington and became the French hero of the American Revolution. In this major biography Laura Auricchio looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes who cast aside family and fortune to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and fully reveals a man driven by dreams of glory only to be felled by tragic, human weaknesses.

Drawing on substantial new research conducted in libraries, archives, museums, and private homes in France and the United States, Auricchio, gives us history on a grand scale revealing the man and his complex life, while challenging and exploring the complicated myths that have surrounded his name for more than two centuries

Laura Auricchio is a specialist in eighteenth-century French history and art who received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her PhD from Columbia University. Auricchio has been the recipient of major fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Columbia University. She is currently the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School. She lives in New York with her husband.
Product Details ISBN: 9780307387455
ISBN-10: 0307387453
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Pages: 448
Language: English

“Excellent . . . abundantly detailed.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Astute and often thrilling.” —The New Yorker
“A vivid raconteur and avid researcher, Laura Auricchio tells the story of Lafayette’s precocious military feats and political maneuvering on an international stage with passionate interest.” —Radcliffe Magazine
“Absorbing . . . well-written, well-furnished. . . . An excellent account.” —Frederick Brown, Wall Street Journal

“Describes vividly and critically the roller coaster of Lafayette’s successes and failures.” —Public Books
“A lively portrait.” —Peggy Carlson, The Free Lance-Star
“Admirably well-written, fresh.” —Harvard Magazine
“Robust, hugely satisfying . . . spirited and entirely accurate . . . [Laura Auricchio’s] book follows Lafayette’s life and career with greater sympathy and in greater detail than any previous account in English that I know of, and the infectious zest of her character descriptions is by no means limited to her illustrious hero. . . . [Lafayette has] always been far more deserving of a first-rate popular biography than either the General he worshipped or the Tyrants he opposed, and now at last he’s got one.” —Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly
“Absorbing.” —Henrik Bering, The Weekly Standard

“Superb. . . . Auricchio’s portrait of Lafayette will appeal to lovers of biography and history alike. She artfully weaves Lafayette’s story into a rich account of the interconnections between 18th-century France and America, recreating in vivid detail the worlds he occupied, from the salons of the Enlightenment to the battlefield and public squares of the New World. This is a book of remarkable historical depth, yet is very accessible to a general reader.”  —America Magazine

“Engrossing. . . . Laura Auricchio is as adept at recounting the Marquis’s first, awkward moments negotiating the subtleties of Versailles as she is bringing to life his seemingly father-son relationship with George Washington. Impeccably researched and compelling.”  —Andrew Curran, Dean of the Arts and Humanities, Wesleyan University
“In a sharp and moving biography, Auricchio captures the essence of the ‘French hero of the American Revolution—the Hero of Two Worlds, the Apostle of Liberty.’” —Kirkus (Starred Review)
“Laura Auricchio has managed to bring the Marquis de Lafayette back to life, replacing the rather wooden figure of legend with the real man, a hero of two great revolutions, the American and the French, and man of great complexity and unfailing courage. An immensely rewarding book.”  —Michael Korda, author of Clouds of Glory
“[A] fine biography. . . . Lafayette still deserves more attention in France, but he’s found just the right American biographer in Auricchio.”  —Publishers Weekly