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Exchanges reveal an ugly American abroad out to bring down conservatives
Topic - Marc Leepson
Before the "dawn's early light" and the "twilight's last gleaming," the author of our national anthem was busy arranging a prisoner swap with the enemy.
For most soldiers, a single six-year revolution would provide action enough for a lifetime. For one wealthy French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette, however, the American Revolution was merely Act I in a turbulent era. A hero of the American Revolution, Lafayette nearly lost his life in the French.
Despite the countless hours he spent getting to know his subject, the biographer said he didn't hold a deep connection to Key, like so many writers end up having while learning intimate details of their subjects' lives.
Mr. Leepson, a former journalist who has written eight books, including a biography on Marquis de Lafayette, wasn't worried with this loss of deep connection.