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    From the best-selling author of The Storm Before the Storm and host of the Revolutions podcast comes the thrilling story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s lifelong quest to defend the principles of liberty and equality.

    Few in history can match the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over 50 incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought courageously on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a soldier, statesman, idealist, philanthropist, and abolitionist.

    As a teenager, Lafayette ran away from France to join the American Revolution. Returning home a national hero, he helped launch the French Revolution, eventually spending five years locked in dungeon prisons. After his release, Lafayette sparred with Napoleon, joined an underground conspiracy to overthrow King Louis XVIII, and became an international symbol of liberty. Finally, as a revered elder statesman, he was instrumental in the overthrow of the Bourbon Dynasty in the Revolution of 1830.

    From enthusiastic youth to world-weary old age, from the pinnacle of glory to the depths of despair, Lafayette never stopped fighting for the rights of all mankind. His remarkable life is the story of where we come from and an inspiration to defend the ideals he held dear. 

    ©2021 Mike Duncan (P)2021 PublicAffairs

    Kritikerstimmen

    “Comprehensive and accessible.... Duncan marshals a wealth of information into a crisp and readable narrative. This sympathetic portrait illuminates the complexities of Lafayette and his revolutionary era.” (Publishers Weekly)

    "Mike Duncan's ability to weave a rich and compelling story is on full display in Hero of Two Worlds. He takes the reader on a gripping roller-coaster ride that follows the Marquis de Lafayette's fortunes through decades of victory, defeat, and revolution on two continents.... Duncan has an exceptional eye for both human potential and human fallibility, grasping the qualities that make figures like Lafayette real, three-dimensional people, simultaneously victims of circumstance and active participants driving forward the course of history. Hero of Two Worlds is biography and narrative at its best, an informative page-turner crafted by a master of historical storytelling." (Patrick Wyman, creator of Tides of History and author of The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years That Shook the World)

    "I first learned of Mike Duncan's work when a prominent politician told me he'd been addicted to his podcast on the French Revolution, and found it startlingly relevant in 2021. Duncan's work is a reminder that history can also be a gripping yarn full of compelling characters, and in Hero of Two Worlds he brings alive one of the great characters of American history." (Ben Smith, New York Times)

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    Duncan wird immer besser

    Als großer Fan des History of Rome und des Revolutions Podcast habe ich mir auch die beiden Hörbücher von Mike Duncan gekauft. Schon The Storm before the Storm fand ich gut, aber stellenweise war es doch ein sehr trockenes herunterrasseln geschichtlicher Fakten.

    In Hero of Two Worlds passiert ihm das eigentlich nicht mehr, wobei eine Biografie im geschichtlichen Kontext von 3 Revolutionen natürlich ergiebiger ist als der Anfang von Ende der römischen Republik.

    Alles in allem eine gelungene Biografie des Marquis de Lafayette. sehr informativ ohne langweilig zu werden. Der Sprecher ist Mike Duncan selbst, man fühlt sich also gleich wie in Revolutions.Die Audioqualität ist gut, könnt aber wieder nicht ganz an die des Podcasts heran.

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    Just Great

    It is just great to hear half of the age of revolutions from the eye of just one man.
    Narration is great. You get just the right amount of historical context to move the story along without losing focus on Lafayette. Especially with some existing knowledge about the french and American revolutions you'll remember at just the right pace what you need to know.
    Mike Duncan is, as always, great to listen to and you really see that the book was written by someone who makes his living narrating historical events.