Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594488832
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover - October 29th, 2009

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Legal scholar and historian Joel Richard Paul tells the little-known story of a secret coalition between a Connecticut shopkeeper, a French dramatist, and a cross-dressing chevalier that played an important role in forging an alliance between France and Revolutionary War-era America in his book, Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright and a Spy Saved the American Revolution (Riverhead). "Unlikely Allies is a nonfiction account, but reads like a Monty Python movies. You can tell it's nonfiction, though, because the bad guys prosper and most of the good characters stop having fun ... How they sinned, those revolutionaries we were taught to revere! What gigantic whoppers they told. (I was especially disillusioned by Tom Paine.) They lied and cheated and routinely went back on their word. They had a pretty good time, though, even Arthur Lee, until they got old and sick and died. The wonder is, our great country came out of such undignified scheming." - Washington Post Book World