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Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution

by David A. Clary

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"A finely researched work on the sometimes awkward, often endearing, and ultimately historic relation between two great leaders."
--James MacGregor Burns, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom and George Washington, 1789-1797

"A fascinating account of the relationship between Washington, who lacked a son, and young Lafayette, who lacked a father. It was a warm, affectionate connection that was greatly satisfying to both men, one that significantly strengthened France's commitment to America during our War of Independence. This fine study deserves a wide readership."
--Don Higginbotham, author of The War of American Independence

"A beautifully crafted, insightful study of the deeply intertwined lives of Washington and Lafayette, two key figures in the transforming age of revolution."
--Susan Dunn, author of Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light

"With verve and charm, David Clary shows how the childless Washington, who felt betrayed by many of the men who surrounded him, and Lafayette, who never knew his father and lusted for glory and the chance to help the American cause, drew close in a loving and trusting relationship. With his engaging style, Clary succeeds in bringing to life Lafayette and Washington, and also in acquainting readers with America's great, and at times seemingly forlorn, struggle for independence."
--John Ferling, author of A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic

"At long last we have the full story of how the Father of Our Country and his French 'adopted son,' the Marquis de Lafayette, joined hands across the Atlantic and on the battlefield, and together launched a new nation and a new age of democracy around the world."
--Arthur Herman, author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World

"A riveting history of a tumultuous time in America and France . . . I loved this book."
--Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, author of American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country