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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
By Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen (narrator), John Hodgman (narrator), Alexis Denisof (narrator) and Bobby Cannavale (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date October 20, 2015
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781442391086
ISBN-10 1442391081
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 5.75 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Original list price $29.99
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette—the one Frenchman we could all agree on—and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality.

On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him. The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000.

Lafayette's arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781410483737 Book cover for 9781594631740
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (November 18, 2015)
9781410483737 | details & prices | 375 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $32.99
About: A portrait of the French Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, discusses his nonpartisan influence on a fledgling United States, his relationships with the Founding Fathers, and his contributions during the contentious 1824 presidential election.
from Riverhead Books (October 20, 2015)
9781594631740 | details & prices | 274 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.08 lbs | List price $27.95
About: From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780399573101
 
Reprint edition from Riverhead Books (October 4, 2016)
9780399573101 | details & prices | 288 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.68 in. | List price $16.00
About: From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781442391086
 
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With Fred Armisen (other contributor), John Hodgman (other contributor), Bobby Cannavale (other contributor), Alexis Denisof (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Simon & Schuster (October 20, 2015)
9781442391086 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $29.99
About: From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette—the one Frenchman we could all agree on—and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality.

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