Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution (Compact Disc)

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Fans of Mike Duncan’s two podcasts, The History of Rome and Revolutions, will recognize his conversational style in the author’s second book, which covers the extraordinary life of the Marquis de Lafayette.

In Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution, Duncan reveals a deep admiration for the man who fought in the American Revolution and helped launch the French Revolution. Lafayette’s political choices earned him scorn as well as fame during the heady days of Louis XVI’s monarchy, which cracked under the weight of state overspending, growing popular unrest, and the pent-up ambitions of the professional class. But before that, his service to George Washington during the American Revolution endeared him to the men whose vested political and economic interests lay with a break from the British Empire.

Lafayette’s celebrated return to the U.S. in 1825 included a trip south from Washington, D.C., to Fayetteville, N.C., “one of the hundreds of cities, towns, counties, colleges, squares, townships, streets, and parks” named after him. Local folks, including an assembly of Muscogee, gathered to meet him as he toured the newly formed country. 

Duncan moved his family to France to research this book, and he even learned French. His approach is immersive, and his writing accessible, which makes this book an excellent overview of a man unique in both early U.S. and French histories. The book connects the fates of these two countries--one just born, the other a seasoned imperial power--through one man’s life.

— Patricia


From the massively popular podcaster and New York Times bestselling author comes the story of the Marquis de Lafayette's lifelong quest to protect the principles of democracy, told through the lens of the three revolutions he participated in: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Revolution of 1830.Few in history can match the breadth and depth of the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought as one with righteous revolutionaries on both sides of the Atlantic.As an idealistic and courageous teenager serving in the American Revolution, he used his considerable wealth and savvy to help the Americans defeat the British. Then he returned home, and was a principle player in the French Revolution. And in his final act, at seventy years old, he was instrumental in the dramatic overthrow of the Bourbon Dynasty during the Revolution of 1830.All the while, he never wavered from the principles he had written into the Declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789: That men are born and remain free and equal, deserving of liberty, property, safety, freedom of speech, and the ability to resist oppression.Through this age of upheaval, Lafayette remained unshakably committed to the principles he had outlined. From the time that he was an enthusiastic 19-year-old to the time he was a world-weary 74-year-old, his resolve never wavered.As the saying goes, if we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Today, the values codified and practiced by Lafayette are increasingly taken for granted. His life is thus the story of where we came from-and what we stand to lose if we abandon the ideals for which he fought.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781549193071
ISBN-10: 1549193074
Publisher: Public Affairs
Publication Date: August 24th, 2021
Language: English