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Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman’s thrilling account of a daring young French nobleman who helped bring victory at Yorktown and who became a lifelong friend of President Washington will fascinate young historians.

When the Marquis de Lafayette ran off to join the American Revolution against the explicit orders of the king of France, he was a strong-willed 19-year-old who had never set foot on a battlefield. Although the U.S. Congress granted him an honorary commission only out of respect for his title and wealth, Lafayette quickly earned the respect of his fellow officers with his bravery, devotion to the cause of liberty, and incredible drive. Playing a pivotal role in the Revolution, Lafayette convinced the French government to send troops, made crucial pacts with Native Americans, and led his men to victory at Yorktown.

©2010 Russell Freedman (P)2011 Recorded Books

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Short, but very sweet!

A simple and chronological telling of Lafayette's life story. True to the times and well read, I thoroughly enjoyed this audible book. I plan to seek a more detailed account to satisfy my urge for detail. I highly recommend this book as your introduction to General Lafayette and his passion for liberty and love of America!

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Very informative, great listen!

My son and I listened to this over a few road trips. It kept our interest the entire time and was just right for my 10 year old.

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Rediscovered a Hero

Listened to this with my history loving 9 year old. Mr. Freedman and the narrator, Luis Moreno, made the story of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette entertaining, educational, and compelling! Sadly this Hero of Two Countries seems forgotten in France and the United States. Thankfully, we rediscovered Lafayette through this wonderful audiobook.

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Lafayette and the American Revolution

The book was ok. I think people that like history should read it. It was a really good book and I liked it.