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Living a Life that Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette


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 a Life That Matters” 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.

Meet the Author

As a trial lawyer for 30 years DAVID WEITZMAN specialized in the defense of individuals arrested for political reasons, or in violation of their civil liberties. He is now retired and wanted to tell the story of one of the world’s champions of liberty and his own personal hero, the Marquis de Lafayette. As an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, and Chairman of ACLU chapters in Northern Virginia and Berkeley, California, Mr. Weitzman was personally involved in trying notable civil liberties cases, representing the late Abbie Hoffman when he was arrested for wearing an American flag shirt, and representing the writer Norman Mailer when he was arrested for demonstrating against the war in Viet Nam at the Pentagon. For over 30 years Mr. Weitzman worked diligently trying to protect the Constitutional Rights of demonstrators, war protestors, garment workers, farm workers, and U.S. Marines.


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