Robespierre: Master of the Guillotine

Robespierre: Master of the Guillotine

by John DiConsiglio
     
 

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Children's Literature - Ann Farina
Born into the bottom rung of the class ladder, Maximilien Robespierre was familiar with inequality. As a lawyer, he worked hard to ensure the rights of the poor were heard. Robespierre wrote pamphlets and attacked local leaders, all in his attempt to give a voice to the lowly Third Estate. After he was elected to represent his region in the Estates-General, Robespierre grabbed the attention of the people. As the new government was formed, he spoke out strongly but was inflexible in his views and regulations. Through his projects, the Revolutionary Tribunal, and the Committee of Public Safety, the guillotine exterminated many. Robespierre became paranoid and saw enemies everywhere. In the end, his tyrant ways got France's people calling for his execution as well. This high-interest nonfiction will appeal to most established readers. The cover art depicts a comical Robespierre with a large head and arrogant stance. The word "Tyrant" is scrawled across the cover in a dripping paint, graffiti-style script. The cover alone will have students grabbing for the book. Somewhat off-putting is the blood dripping from the "S" in "A Wicked History" the title of the series. Inside, readers will find a clever "Wicked Web" depicting Robespierre's allies and enemies. The rest of the photographs and illustrations are rather typical and in black-and-white. The text was also somewhat dry even though the author leaned more towards the gruesome details. This book will lure reluctant nonfiction readers as long as they are mature enough to handle the gory executions. Reviewer: Ann Farina

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531205037
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
Wicked History Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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