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Topic - David Lefer
In this splendid narrative history centered largely in the years between the Declaration of Independence and the ratification of our Constitution, David Lefer, historian and professor at New York University's Polytechnic Institute, points out that it was a chaotic period, in many ways not dissimilar to our own.
(Mr. Lefer later writes of Gates' attempts to discredit George Washington, the Revolution's one indispensable man.)
Silas Deane of Connecticut "secured the French aid that kept the American army alive," says Mr. Lefer, who in a chapter titled, "The Playwright and the Merchant" writes entertainingly of Deane's efforts in France to gain backing for the Revolution, with the crucial assistance of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (creator of "The Barber of Seville").