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    Napoleon’s banker, Jacques Laffitte

    January 30, 2015

    Napoleon’s banker, Jacques Laffitte

    Jacques Laffitte is Napoleon’s French banker in Napoleon in America. He should not be confused with Jean Laffite, the pirate who rescues Napoleon from St. Helena in the novel. A financier and politician who rose from poverty to become one of France’s richest citizens, Jacques Laffitte is considered one of the creators of modern public credit in France. He also opened the road for French international investment banking. Napoleon trusted Laffitte’s ability with money, as well as his integrity, though Laffitte’s leanings were more republican than imperial. A supporter of the 1830 July Revolution, Laffitte ran into trouble when Louis-Philippe ascended the throne.

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  • Napoleon in America

    Napoleon in America What if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from St. Helena and wound up in the United States? Kirkus Reviews calls the first book in Shannon’s Napoleon series “evocative and immersive.”

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    Napoleon in America “thoughtful and totally believable”

    Napoleon in America “thoughtful and totally believable”

    December 11, 2014

    In a review for the Napoleonic Historical Society, modeler and military historian Shepherd Paine calls Napoleon in America “a thoughtful and totally believable account of what might have happened had Napoleon escaped from St. Helena to America.”

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