JOEL RICHARD PAUL will discuss
Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution
Thursday, November 12 at 7 PM
In this notable reassessment of America's earliest foreign policy, the critical roles played by Connecticut merchant Silas Deane, French playwright Caron de Beaumarchais (Barber of Seville), and the enigmatic Chevalier d'Eon in the successful outcome of the American Revolution are placed at the forefront.
professor at the University of California Hastings College of the
Law, constructs an intriguing account of these three "unlikely" but extraordinary characters who successfully used espionage, betrayal and sexual deception to help secure the French alliance crucial to the success of the war.
fast-paced, engaging narrative fills a gap in the historiography of the
American Revolution, and is essential reading for students of
revolutionary diplomacy as well as general devotees of the age." — Library Journal