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They began as courtiers in a hierarchy of privilege, but history remembers them as patriot-citizens in a commonwealth of equals.

On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in the French city of Dijon. That night, across the Atlantic, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop.

So began what have been called the "sister revolutions" of France and America. In a single, thrilling narrative, this audiobook tells the story of those revolutions and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually were. Their leaders, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, were often seen as father and son, but their relationship, while close, was every bit as complex as the long, fraught history of the French-American alliance. Vain, tough, and ambitious, they strove to shape their characters and records into the form they wanted history to remember. James R. Gaines provides fascinating insights into these personal transformations and is equally brilliant at showing the extraordinary effect of the two "freedom fighters" on subsequent history.

©2007 James R. Gaines; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Absorbing....Distinguished as much by the writing as the argument....Fresh." (Publishers Weekly)
"A consistently able, accurate, and entertaining guide....A welcome and highly readable addition to the field." (Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton)

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  • Hal
  • Stewartsville, New Jersey, United States
  • 08-20-12

Excellent presentation

What made the experience of listening to For Liberty and Glory the most enjoyable?

More insight into Lafayette and also the more detailed involvement of the French involvement in the American Revolution .

What other book might you compare For Liberty and Glory to and why?

A Glorious Cause . Also get insight into how the French got involved other than the standard Ben Franklin credit.

What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?

Excellent presentation. You get the good and the bad,as well as the information on how the French had aspirations of unseating Washington and taking over the war effort against England.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Gave me the feeling of being proud of individauls like Washington and Lafayette, that they had the guts to put their own lives and repoutations on the line for a new nation.

Any additional comments?

Easy read/listen despite many intimate details.

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