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Thursday, January 1, 2009

History that's Easy on the Brain - On the French Revolution

The Days of the French Revolution

I enjoy history and am always looking for good books. The French Revolution is core to the development of the modern world and yet most of it rests in the background of my own understanding. I know there are various interpretations of the events and their significance, but as a starting point I found this recently re-released book, seems like one of the more approachable histories out there. I'm adding it to my Amazon wish list.

From the publisher:

"Works from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo to Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama have been inspired by the French Revolution. Now available for the first time in years, The Days of the French Revolution brings to life the events that changed the future of Western civilization. As compelling as any fiction thriller, this real-life drama moves from the storming of the Bastille to the doomed court of Louis XVI, the salon of Madame Roland, and even the boudoir of Marie Antoinette. Hibbert recounts the events that swirled around Napoleon, Mirabeau, Danton, Marat, and Robespierre with eyewitness accounts and his "usual grace and flair for divulging interesting detail" (Booklist).

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