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Dangerously Amiable

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal: Lafayette Reconsidered, 16 February 2017

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered 
by Laura Auricchio.
Vintage, 432 pp., £11.99, August 2015, 978 0 307 38745 5
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... and the contrast with the success he had enjoyed in America, has long interested scholars. Laura Auricchio writes that this seeming paradox was what first drew her to the subject. A common explanation is that Lafayette’s social background made him better suited to succeed in the United States than in revolutionary France. His genteel manner and ...

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