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America knows Lafayette as a storybook general, a selfless champion of righteous causes who volunteered to fight under George Washington, casting aside fortune and family to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and justice.

But, as Laura Auricchio reveals in her major new biography of the Marquis of Lafayette, in France it was another story. When the Bastille fell on July 14, 1789, Parisians hailed Lafayette as the French Washington, hopeful that he could restore order to a city wracked by starvation and violence. How did Lafayette fail? Find out why he came to be seen as a traitor to his nation, and today remains a murky figure in French history.

There will be a book signing following this event.


Brief Bio

Caroline Weber received her Ph.D. in French literature from Yale University and her BA in Literature from Harvard University (summa cum laude). A specialist in eighteenth-century French literature and culture, with particular emphasis on the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, she is the author of Terror and its Discontents: Suspect Words and the French Revolution, Fragments of Revolution, an edited volume of essays on revolutionary culture, and Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Bookforum and Washington Post Book World. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and is currently working on a book about Proust and the salons of Belle Epoque Paris.

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