Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell is like the hilarious, sarcastic, know-it-all in the back of the high-school history class who can’t help editorializing on the proceedings. For her latest trip through America’s strange history, Vowell follows the footsteps of the Marquis de Lafayette, a man tailor-made for our country’s ideals and landscape and thoroughly alien to his own. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (Riverhead, $27.95) tells us that the future general was a ridiculously rich country boy who stepped on Marie Antoinette’s feet while dancing, that he insulted a prince, and abandoned his wife and child in order to ship off to America for glory in the cause of Liberty. And that was before he got shot in the leg. Still, Lafayette remained determined to support his father-figure, George Washington, with boundless enthusiasm in spite of the near-constant infighting between the military and congress. Indeed, Lafayette was part of the influx of foreign military and economic assistance that helped the American patriots achieve independence. Today, so many of this country’s towns, streets, and statues are dedicated to Lafayette that, Vowell argues, he remains an enduring example for us in times of crisis. Far and away our favorite Frenchman!

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ISBN: 9781594631740
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 20th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780399573101
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 4th, 2016