Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Pdf

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Number of page: 288
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, 2015
ISBN: 9780399573101
Category: Biography & Autobiography

From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.  Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War.  Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way.    Drawn to the patriots’ war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause.     While Vowell’s yarn is full of the bickering and infighting that marks the American past—and present—her telling of the Revolution is just as much a story of friendship: between Washington and Lafayette, between the Americans and their French allies and, most of all between Lafayette and the American people.  Coinciding with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Vowell lingers over the elderly Lafayette’s sentimental return tour of America in 1824, when three fourths of the population of New York City turned out to welcome him ashore.  As a Frenchman and the last surviving general of the Continental Army, Lafayette belonged to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction.  He was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what the founders hoped this country could be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing, singular past.   Vowell’s narrative look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.From the Hardcover edition.

About The Author

Sarah Vowell is the bestselling author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.

From the Hardcover edition.

  • A Google UserA Google User
    LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES Another Vowell-ian romp through history, politics, and pop culture, this time revisiting the story of Lafayette, the French contributions to victory in the American Revolution, and his farewell tour through the United States in 1824. Readers of Vowell’s previous books (Unfamiliar Fishes, 2011, etc.) will recognize yet another pleasantly snarky work that belongs on any shelf of first-rate satire
  • A Google UserA Google User
    Review: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly a history buff. Maybe it’s because my high school history classes were less than inspiring, or maybe it’s because my dad is a historian and I wanted to branch out, or maybe I’ve just always found history to be much more compelling through the lens of fiction than of toodry accounts of wars and treaties and such. But leave it to Sarah Vowell, longtime
  • A Google UserA Google User
    Lafayette in the Somewhat United States In this crash course on the fledgling nation’s teenaged French general, undoubtedly the only American Revolution narrative to offhandedly drop a Ferris Bueller reference, Vowell (Unfamiliar Fishes) retains her familiar casual tone and displays her crow-like ability to find the shiny, nearly forgotten historical details. Unimpressed by Lafayette’s nobility, she instead admires his cheekiness and
  • leota janzenleota janzen
    Lafaette and somewhat US Satisfying
  • JJbooklvrJJbooklvr
    LibraryThing Review This was my first Sarah Vowell book and I don’t expect it to be my last. History fans, especially of the Revolutionary War period will particularly enjoy this book. We all were taught the basics in
  • davevanldavevanl
    LibraryThing Review Many times this book crosses the border from book of history to editorial on current society and back again.
  • kaylaraeinthewaykaylaraeintheway
    LibraryThing Review I want to start of this review by saying that pretty much the whole time I was reading this, I had the Hamilton soundtrack stuck in my head, specifically the line: “Everyone give it up for America’s
  • spoundsspounds
    LibraryThing Review I think it’s fair to say that to this frustrated history major now working in corporate America, Sarah Vowell is a heroine. To be able to drive around the U.S. with your best friends and favorite
  • OthemtsOthemts
    LibraryThing Review This audiobook includes numerous well-known actors performing the quotes of historical figures in addition to the author reading the main text. As the “Lafayette” part of the title implies, this is a
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