How a Frenchman saved George Washington

The name of Lafayette is writ large across the history of the United States and of his native France, but few know any more about the man George Washington called "our marquis" than can be read from the plaques of the monuments to him scattered across both countries. Visiting many of the sites associated with Lafayette’s adventures, John Baxter recounts the little-known story of how a 19-year-old Frenchman with not a word of English sailed to the aid of Washington and his embattled Continental Army. In a life that belongs more to a historical novel than to history, Lafayette was wounded in his first battle, barely evaded capture by the turncoat Benedict Arnold, was almost taken prisoner in a mutiny on the high seas, crowned his military career by crushing the British officer who killed his father - all before he turned 21.



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