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Le Puy, July 4, 2015

Brioude, July 2, 2015

La Fayette, <fils bien-aime>> de l’Amérique, Hoffman quoted in Le Figaro, vendredi 5 juin 2015

Replica French ship arrives in Virginia to hero’s welcome – again, 235 years later –  Hoffman comments on Lafayette and the Hermione, The Guardian, June 5, 2015

Lafayette Translator Gives Presentation at Chester Library – The Randolph County Herald Tribune, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Farewell tour by Marquis de Lafayette was like visit by rock stars, pope,  The Frederick News-Post, May 4, 2014

What the Marquis de Lafayette Thought of Maryland – WYPR, Maryland Morning, April 28, 2014

Newport Daily News – “Black Regiment ‘Blazed Trail'”, August 26, 2013

The First Rhode Island Regiment: The Jackie Robinsons of the American Military and Lafayette – Patriots Park, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, August 25, 2013

Lafayette in Salem north shore art*throb, The French Issue, September 2, 2012

Honoring a Foreign-Born Hero of the American RevolutionSalem Gazette, August 30, 2012

Lexington History Museum Highlights LaFayette’s 1825 Visit – WUKY, NPR Rocks, May 11, 2012

Remarks by Jay W. Jackson at the annual meeting of the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati on June 25, 2011Cincinnati Fourteen, Fall 2011

 230th anniversary of British surrender the right time to honor Lafayette
– Haverhill Gazette, 10/4/2011

Lafayette Liberty Elm marks contributions to New Hampshire of Revolutionary War hero – Nashua Telegraph, 6/13/2010

“Masterful translation,” says Darien Times’ Todd Armstrong

“Highly Recommended,” says Choice review
Read the May 2008 review.

Visit of forgotten founder Lafayette to be recalled, Portsmouth Herald’s April 3, 2008 article about Alan Hoffman’s presentation at the Athenaeum on April 10, 2008

Portsmouth NH web site and weekly newspaper print review, January 28, 2008, Portsmouth’s historically oriented SeacoastNH.com provides detailed review of Lafayette in America. Article was also published by the NH Gazette, a Portsmouth weekly.

Historywire.com
History author Steve Goddard recommends Lafayette in America

“A Hero’s Welcome”
American Spirit: Daughters of the American Revolution, July/August 2007

“. . .a rare piece of American history. . .”
The Maine Antiques Digest, August 2007

Lafayette’s Travels Not Lost in Translation
By Susan Laurent, The Eagle Tribune, July 12, 2007

His translation tells Lafayette’s tale
By Sarah Schweitzer, Boston Globe Staff, July 5, 2007

Book Takes Us Along on Lafayette’s farewell tour of U.S., By John Clayton, columnist, The Union Leader, Sunday, June 24, 2007

On Bunker Hill, a Boost in Lafayette Profile
By Kathleen McKenna, Boston Globe correspondent, June 10, 2007

Advance Praise for Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825

“Alan R. Hoffman has done a masterful job of reacquainting us with a classic text that deserves wider recognition. Auguste Levasseur’s account of Lafayette’s visit to America in 1824-25 is a ringside seat at one of the great events in American social and cultural history. Through this fine new English translation, we are able to come along as Lafayette travels to all twenty-four states in the Union, accepts the adulation of a nation, and has adventures aplenty, including a harrowing shipwreck. What makes the account all the more valuable as a commentary on America is that it reveals how very fitting was Lafayette’s sobriquet ‘The Nation’s Guest’, as he insisted on spending time not just with the country’s elite, but also with ordinary citizens, African Americans, and American Indians.”

— Diane Windham Shaw
Special Collections Librarian, Lafayette College

“Levasseur’s journal offers a lively, day-to-day account of a European’s experience of the United States in the fiftieth year of independence. As he relates the details of what he saw and heard, his encounters and conversations with people of all kinds, the enthusiasm of the great crowds that welcomed Lafayette, the reader gains a sense of how close Americans still felt to their Revolution and how proud they were of what they had done.”

— Edmund S. Morgan
Sterling Professor of History, Emeritus, Yale University

“I found the translation to be easily read and was struck by the consistency in the narrative… I was impressed by the elegant prose presented throughout.”

— Emily A. Graefe
Legal Assistant, Law School student, Class of 2010