Living a Life That Matters – A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette by David M. Weitzman
I received this book on NetGalley for review. If you want to understand the
history of this time......read this book. Very enlightening and informative in
an enjoyable reading experience. Learning about history and the people in an
easy to read book. It was great to be able to envision the time by the well
written word. There was detail of the time that makes you feel like you are
there and experiencing what was happening at this time. Highly recommend
and would be great for book clubs! There would be lots of options for discussions.
The life story of a wealthy French nobleman who risked his fortune, family and arrest to come to America to support colonialist seeking to gain their independence from
their British rulers, then returned to France to lead a second revolution against the
very aristocracy he was part of, and later after imprisonment and exile, returning to
France to help overthrow the Bourbon kings installed after the defeat of Napoleon.
He wrote the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen which influenced
and inspired rights-based liberal democracy throughout the world. Lafayette
was one of the first abolitionists and supported movements throughout the world to end slavery.
A Note From the Publisher
Author is available for interviews, blog tours, autographed book giveaways, contests, and book club discussions.
Author Bio: David Weitzman has written the only first-person account of the life and revolutionary times
of Gilbert du Motier-better known as the Marquis de Lafayette. Weitzman faithfully renders
the color and spirit of revolutionary times in this historically accurate account of the events
and relationships the young nobleman entered and formed on his path to become a well-respected
fighting commander and right-hand man to General George Washington, who regarded this
special French ally 'Like my own son.'
"Living a Life That Matters" is the product of careful scholarship and equally careful
construction by the articulate and witty Weitzman. No one who professes feelings for the
beginnings of this country will want to miss the opening scenes of the American experiment