Books: Founding Son LAFAYETTE: HERO OF TWO WORLDS

by Olivier Bernier; Dutton; 356 pages; $19.95

LAFAYETTE: HERO OF TWO WORLDS

by Olivier Bernier

Dutton; 356 pages; $19.95

Timid, tongue-tied, earnest to a fault, Gilbert de La Fayette did not seem bound for glory. He embarrassed himself on horseback, stumbled on the dance floor. But he had a fine old name, and after his father died when Gilbert was two years old and his mother when he was twelve, Gilbert came into a handsome fortune. Hating court life in the Versailles of Louis XV, the marquis went into the army. At 19, with only the briefest of military training, he set...

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