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Sunday, November 29 2015

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit
of Happiness."    
The Declaration of Independence

Every child in America's education system will—at one point or another—learn about how the United States of America came to exist, from the crossing of the Mayflower to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They will memorize dates and learn details about the lives of our founding fathers, but will they truly understand the risks and motivations behind the creation of our country?

Living a Life That Matters: A Memoir of' the Marquis de Lafayette
By David M. Weitzman

{ Note: This is a Historical Novel, written in first-person}

Available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

In writing his new book, "Living a Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette," civil rights attorney David M. Weitzman was fueled by his own passion and curiosity to better understand what motivated a foreign nobleman to sacrifice so much for people he didn't know, in a country that barely existed. Since then, he has dedicated himself to telling the tale of the Marquis de Lafayette.

"Lafayette's story is inspiring," Weitzman says. "It's of a man who used his wealth to help strangers in a foreign land without regard to their nationality, religion or culture. This book, however, is not a dry history but instead a narrative from Lafayette's point of view. It acts as an example of compelling human achievement by a man who lived a life that mattered to all Americans, Frenchman and those seeking freedom and democracy throughout the world."

What does it cost to fight for our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? The price paid by our founding fathers and by current civil liberty activists may be different, but the courage needed to stand up for what is right remains the same.

Civil rights attorney and author of "Living a Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette," David M. Weitzman intimately understands the importance of fighting for civil liberties. He has practiced civil rights law for over 30 years and witnessed the harassment his parents were subjected to by the FBI when they opened the first non-segregated movie theater in Washington D.C. in 1948 when he was a child.

During his career, Weitzman handled several high-profile civil liberties cases, such as the Abbie Hoffman's flag shirt case, and has represented garment workers in Los Angeles, farm workers in Delano and black marines at the Camp Pendleton Marine base accused of attaching a KKK klavern on the base. He also personally demonstrated in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, against segregation and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Through compelling dialogue, Living a Life That Matters explores:

  • How Lafayette was a prime example of the ruling class taking risks to his wealth and well-being to ensure the freedom of the American people
  • The American Revolution, the liberties that followed and how it all ties in with today's politics
  • The decisive role the French played in winning the Revolutionary War and how little Americans had to do with gaining their independence
  • Why modern Americans must always be aware of potential encroachments of their freedom and how to respond to these trespasses

About the author

David M. Weitzman graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of the Sciences in Biochemistry, after which he taught high school in Maryland, Athens and Paris. He then attended law school at George Washington University, passed the bar exam and practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Virginia from 1965 to 1970. He was president of the Northern Virginia ACLU, served on the board of the regional ACLU and was a volunteer ACLU attorney. In 1970, he moved to Berkeley, CA, where he was president of the Berkeley ACLU chapter. A father of seven and a grandfather of seven, he resides in Berkley, CA with his wife of 40 years.

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