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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (75 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James R. Gaines Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in the French city of Dijon. That night, across the Atlantic, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop.

So began what have been called the “sister revolutions” of France and America. In a single, thrilling narrative, this book tells the story of those revolutions and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually were. Their leaders, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, were often seen as father and son, but their relationship, while close, was every bit as complex as the long, fraught history of the French-American alliance. Vain, tough, ambitious, they strove to shape their characters and records into the form they wanted history to remember. James R. Gaines provides fascinating insights into these personal transformations and is equally brilliant at showing the extraordinary effect of the two “freedom fighters” on subsequent history. 

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  • “James Gaines’ new book elegantly portrays the two great republican revolutions of the late eighteenth century.”


  • “Gaines has a dry sense of humor and an appreciation for human foibles.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A box of historical delights, [and] a timely one, too.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An entertaining and richly detailed tour of one of the climactic periods of the modern era.”

    Los Angeles Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brendan Howard | 12/7/2013

    " A superlative history book for its rich characterizations, deep research, and novel-like pace and drama. It succeeds, also, in beautifully merging, comparing, and contrasting two different generals who were closer than many of us remember from history class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides | 9/3/2013

    " An excellent discussion of Washington and Lafayette, the life of Lafayette, and (to a lesser extent) the role of continental Europeans in the American Revolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kira | 6/26/2013

    " I usually love most books about Washington, not so much this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Art | 10/26/2012

    " hard to get through, more about France than Washington. Lacked a thesis and a voice "

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About the Author
Author James R. Gaines

James R. Gaines is an American journalist, author, and international publishing consultant who is best known as a magazine editor. He was the chief editor of Time, Life, and People magazines. He is a graduate of the McBurney School in New York City and the University of Michigan. His career in magazine journalism started at the Saturday Review, followed by Newsweek and People, where he was named managing editor in 1987. He was both managing editor and publisher of Life, the first time that one person held both the chief editorial and publishing jobs at a Time-Life magazine. Gaines is the first person ever to run three Time-Life magazines. 

Gaines is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Historical Association, the Society of Eighteenth Century Historians, the Overseas Press Club, and the International Federation of the Periodical Press.