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Unlikely Allies - How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution

Joel Richard Paul

Unlikely Allies is the story of three remarkable historical figures. Silas Deane was a Connecticut merchant and delegate to the Continental Congress as the American colonies struggled to break with England. Caron de Beaumarchais was a successful playwright who wrote The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. And the flamboyant and mysterious Chevalier d'Eon-officer, diplomat, and sometime spy-was the talk of London and Paris. Is the Chevalier a man or a woman? When Deane is sent to France to convince the French government to support the revolutionary cause, he enlists the help of Beaumarchais. Together, they successfully smuggle weapons, ammunition, and supplies to New England just in time for the crucial Battle of Saratoga, which turned the tide of the American Revolution. And the catalyst for Louis XVI's support of the Americans against England was the Chevalier d'Eon, whose decision to declare herself a woman helped to lead to the Franco-American alliance. These three people spin a fascinating web of political intrigue and international politics that stretches across oceans as they ricochet from Versailles to Georgian London to the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia. Each man has his own reasons for wanting to see America triumph over the British, and each contends daily with the certainty that no one is what they seem. The line between friends and enemies is blurred, spies lurk in every corner, and the only way to survive is to trust no one. An edge-of-your-seat story full of fascinating characters and lavish with period detail and sense of place, Unlikely Allies is Revolutionary history in all of its juicy, lurid glory.

Unlikely Allies is the story of three remarkable historical figures. Silas Deane was a Connecticut merchant and delegate to the Continental Congress as the American colonies struggled to break with England. Caron de Beaumarchais was a successful playwright who wrote The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. And the flamboyant and mysterious Chevalier d'Eon-officer, diplomat, and sometime spy-was the talk of London and Paris. Is the Chevalier a man or a woman? When Deane is sent to France to convince the French government to support the revolutionary cause, he enlists the help of Beaumarchais. Together, they successfully smuggle weapons, ammunition, and supplies to New England just in time for the crucial Battle of Saratoga, which turned the tide of the American Revolution. And the catalyst for Louis XVI's support of the Americans against England was the Chevalier d'Eon, whose decision to declare herself a woman helped to lead to the Franco-American alliance. These three people spin a fascinating web of political intrigue and international politics that stretches across oceans as they ricochet from Versailles to Georgian London to the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia. Each man has his own reasons for wanting to see America triumph over the British, and each contends daily with the certainty that no one is what they seem. The line between friends and enemies is blurred, spies lurk in every corner, and the only way to survive is to trust no one. An edge-of-your-seat story full of fascinating characters and lavish with period detail and sense of place, Unlikely Allies is Revolutionary history in all of its juicy, lurid glory.
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Unlikely Allies is the story of three remarkable historical figures. Silas Deane was a Connecticut merchant and delegate to the Continental Congress as the American colonies struggled to break with England. Caron de Beaumarchais was a successful playwright who wrote The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. And the flamboyant and mysterious Chevalier d'Eon-officer, diplomat, and sometime spy-was the talk of London and Paris. Is the Chevalier a man or a woman? When Deane is sent to France to convince the French government to support the revolutionary cause, he enlists the help of Beaumarchais. Together, they successfully smuggle weapons, ammunition, and supplies to New England just in time for the crucial Battle of Saratoga, which turned the tide of the American Revolution. And the catalyst for Louis XVI's support of the Americans against England was the Chevalier d'Eon, whose decision to declare herself a woman helped to lead to the Franco-American alliance. These three people spin a fascinating web of political intrigue and international politics that stretches across oceans as they ricochet from Versailles to Georgian London to the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia. Each man has his own reasons for wanting to see America triumph over the British, and each contends daily with the certainty that no one is what they seem. The line between friends and enemies is blurred, spies lurk in every corner, and the only way to survive is to trust no one. An edge-of-your-seat story full of fascinating characters and lavish with period detail and sense of place, Unlikely Allies is Revolutionary history in all of its juicy, lurid glory.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

10h 58m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:52


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

27:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

32:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

24:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

34:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

16:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:30