Day 1049: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Cover for Lafayette in the Somewhat United StatesIt was interesting to contrast Lafayette in the Somewhat United States with the other book about the American revolution I read recently, Nathaniel Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition. While Valiant Ambition concentrated on what made Benedict Arnold a traitor, this book focuses on the French contribution to the war, embodied particularly by the Marquis de Lafayette.

The Marquis himself
The Marquis himself

In some ways, both books cover the same ground, particularly the woeful state of the Continental army. Several times, infusions of cash from the French saved it from utter ruin. But the writing style and the intent of these books are different. Vowell’s book is written in an informal, sprightly style with many references to current popular culture. Also, Lafayette’s impetuous, affectionate character comes through strongly.

This book is a slightly quirky homage to Lafayette’s contribution to our country, featuring side-trips to various battlefields and landmarks as well as a cogent, irreverent discussion of the events. It is a fun read.

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4 thoughts on “Day 1049: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

  1. Naomi March 10, 2017 / 10:41 am

    I have been thinking this sounds like a fun read. Glad you thought so!

  2. TJ @ MyBookStrings March 10, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I have heard so many people say that this is an entertaining book. I am halfway through Valiant Ambition, so maybe I should go look for Lafayette.

  3. whatmeread March 10, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    It’s definitely a different type of history.

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