Vive la Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French Revolution

Vive la Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French Revolution

by Mark Steel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931859370
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Pages: 293
Sales rank: 510,917
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Steel is a London-based comedian and author. He is best known for his "Dedicated Troublemaker" series on Radio 4 and Channel 4 television. He was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for best entertainment presenter in 2004 and a Sony award in 2003.

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Vive la Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French Revolution 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
juliannekim on LibraryThing 9 months ago
the funniest history book I've ever read.
Trotsky731 on LibraryThing 9 months ago
A hilarious and informative history of what is arguably the most important event in human history. A must read for any political/history buff, or anyone who just wants to learn about this important event.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know that is a bold claim, but let me explain. I loved this book. It is very accessable and laugh-out-loud funny. The books gives a simple, complete look at the French Revolution. If you have ever read other books on the revolution like Sutherland's "France 1789-1815", you wil know that this monumental event is often presented in an incredibly confusing manner. Not so with this book. It looks at all events from multiple angles, deals in many of the revolution's personalities, and applies concepts to today. And to top it off, hes hilarious. It is the perfect introduction to the French Revolution and, unless you intend to become an expert on the topic, I dont know how much further you will need to look. A few things to keep in mind: The author supports the revolution. Most historians are dead set against it, but this author explains his positions and you cant help but to see where he is comming from. He is not incredibly biased as he attacks the Left and the Right equally. He is very good with analogies. THe author is from Great Britain, so there were some jokes that I did not get the full impact of. But that does not in ANY WAY diminish the book. I would recommend this book to anyone, even to those without much historic background. This is definitely now on my list of favorites!