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Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution by [Paul, Joel Richard]
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In this debut, lawyer and academic Paul examines three critical but forgotten characters of the American Revolution. The merchant is American Silas Deane, a Connecticut man sent to France by Congress to broker an alliance and arms treaty for the Continental Army. The playwright is a Frenchman named Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, author of The Barber of Seville, who saw the Revolution as an opportunity for profit. The spy is the colorful Chevalier d'Eon, who worked for Louis XV, and threatened to provoke war with England after Louis XVI came to power, using old letters that outlined a plan to invade London. Beaumarchais was tasked with retrieving those letters from the Chevalier before Louis XVI would provide funds to arm the Americans. Once secured, Beaumarchais worked with Deane to import arms, and other trade goods, without raising the suspicions of the British. Paul's 18th century is highly detailed, but most striking is how little war profiteering has changed in 200-plus years, complete with Congressional infighting among honest lawmakers and those using the system for personal gain. Examining the Revolutionary War through three disparate figures, Paul reveals just how close the wealthiest colonists came to replacing one oppressive aristocracy with another.
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"[A] keen, intriguing assessment of how personal politics might play out on the international stage." ---Kirkus

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  • File Size: 1008 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SR2PWO
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