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1 Bernier, Olivier Lafayette - Hero of Two Worlds
New York E.P. Dutton 1983 0525241817 / 9780525241812 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xvii + 356 pages. 30 illustrations. First edition, first printing. This witty biography, much of which is based on previously unaccessible materials, is the first life of the Marquis de Lafayette that gives equal treatment to his American and French experiences. In the war for American Independence, the 21 year old was a stubborn, tenacious, and ultimately victorious commander, the favourite of George Washington. Returning to Paris, he was soon caught up in the 1789 Revolution, first as its champion, then as guardian of the King, finally as the only man capable of maintaining order in Paris in 1790 and 1791. Once the King fled the capital, however, Lafayette's position became untenable and he was forced to escape to Belgium, but there the right wing emigres considered him a traitor, and he was transported to Austria, where he languished in prison for years. Washington and others secured his release and return to France, but with Napoleon fearing him as a rival, he went into self-imposed exile. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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