By James R. Gaines. ISBN: 978-0-393-06138-3. Copyright 2007. Hardcover with 533 pages including notes, bibliography, and index, plus 20 pages of glossy black and white and color photographs.
On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in Dijon, France. That same night, in Boston, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop. So began what have been called the sister revolutions of France and America. Leaders of these revolutions, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, were often seen as father and son, but their relationship, while close, was every bit as complex as the long, fraught history of the French-American alliance. Vain, tough, and ambitious, they strove to shape their characters and records into the form they wanted history to remember.