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Sarah Vowell: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Sarah Vowell's Lafayette in the Somewhat United States reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War.

Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way.