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Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution
Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution | Joel Richard Paul
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Look out for Joel Paul's new book, Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Silas Deane, a Connecticut merchant and member of the Continental Congress, went to France to persuade the king to support the colonists in their struggle with Britain. Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a playwright who had access to the arms and ammunition that Deane needed. And the Chevalier d'on was a diplomat and sometime spy for the French king who ignited a crisis that persuaded the French to arm the Americans. This is the true story of how three remarkable people lied, cheated, stole, and cross-dressed across Europe to gain France's aid as the War of American Independence hung in the balance.
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Fascinating book about the behind the scenes diplomacy, spying, and negotiating it took to get the French to side with the colonists in the War of Independence. Colorful characters—the most intriguing of which is Chevalier d‘Eon—jealousies, rivalries, love affairs and more are woven into this fascinating story where luck, perseverance and sheer stubbornness all played a roll. Occasionally dense, the personalities involved make this a good read.

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