Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m.
In the Library · Followed by book sale and signing with author
The famed Lafayette Escadrille is the stuff of legend and adventure film; but the real story is much more complex. Defying presidential orders, young American men risked - and lost - their lives, taking to the air in flimsy fighter planes to fight on behalf of France long before their own country entered World War I. Who were these men and what motivated them?
Mark Trapp, a Chicago lawyer, addresses these questions with a fascinating new biography of Kiffin Yates Rockwell, one of those young men. Intent on paying what he saw to be America’s debt to Lafayette, Kiffin joined other like-minded Americans in Paris. Through their heroic deeds and sacrifice, these volunteers drew the attention of the world and helped galvanize their countrymen to action.
Join Mark Trapp for an Avec l’auteur session in the Médiatheque as he shares the unforgettable true account of Kiffin Rockwell and the “boys who remembered Lafayette.”
In conversation with Randy Williams, former President of the Alliance Française de Chicago and Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters and the National Order of Merit.