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Posted January 12, 2001
This excellent book should appeal to both the scholar and the interested amateur student of history with its fascinating depiction of the causes, events, and personalities of the French Revolution. The hundreds of illustrations serve the text very well. This is serious history that reads like a novel--a very long and complex novel, to be sure. <P> It has its faults; I would have preferred that it continue the history of the Revolution at least to the beginning of the Directory rather than conclude with an abrupt cutoff (no pun intended) at the death of Robespierre and the end of the Terror. And there are some minor but glaring errors of fact that should have been caught by the author, editor, or even copy editor. But overall, a grand and ambitious history.
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