Title: Living the Life that Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette
Author: David M. Weitzman
Publisher: Liberty Flame
Release date: June 5, 2015
Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes & Noble
David Weitzman has written the only first-person account of the life and revolutionary times of Gilbert du Motier – better known as the Marquis de Lafayette. Weitzman faithfully renders the color and spirit of revolutionary times in this historically accurate account of the events and relationships the young nobleman entered and formed on his path to become a well-respected fighting commander and right-hand man to General George Washington, who regarded this special French ally ‘Like my own son.’ Living the Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette is the product of careful scholarship and equally careful construction by the articulate and witty Weitzman. No one who professes feelings for the beginnings of this country will want to miss the opening scenes of the American experiment in this compelling page-turner of a novel.
My Thoughts about Living a Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette:
I love history, especially the early history of our country. I have read many books about the American Revolution and the important figures who helped build our great country. However, I didn’t know much about the Marquis de Lafayette other than the fact that without his help we may have never won the American Revolution. I learned so much about this amazing man, in the Living a Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette.
Even though I love history, most of the time I find biographies boring. They are second or third or even fifth hand accounts written by people who were not alive at the same time as the person they are writing about. Living a Life That Matters is a great book. It is a biography of Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, but it is written as an autobiography. David Weitzman wrote it from the point of view of Lafayette, so it is written in first person. Because it is written in first person, it reads more like a novel. You get to see Lafayette’s feelings about what is happening. This adds to the reason to his actions and makes the book more entertaining. I did not feel like I was reading a biography or even an autobiography.
I really enjoyed getting to know Lafayette and his family. I love that his wife, Adriana, is so supportive of him and loves him with her whole heart. I also liked the fact that Weitzman gave us information about what was going on in America and Europe at the time so that I could connect his actions to what was happening in the world. I really liked the focus on freedom. American’s often take our freedom and rights for granted. This is a good reminder that what we have to today was fought for and that we should continue to fight to keep these freedoms.
Even though I really enjoyed Living the Life that Matters, I was a little confused when I started reading it. Nowhere does it say that is a biography and it does not include references for where the author got his information. Like I said before, it read as a novel, which was both good and bad. It was easier to read this way, but without references there is no support for the information presented. That being said, I will not hold it against the author since I the book was so good! I would recommend it to anyone who loves history!
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.