Vive la Revolution
For most of us, the French Revolution has been reduced to jokes about Marie-Antoinette, guillotines and the Scarlet Pimpernel. But for Mark Steel, bestselling author of REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL, the French Revolution was one of the most inspirational moments in human history - a moment when ordinary people changed the world and became extraordinary. It deserves better jokes than that.
In this revolutionary new book, Steel banishes stuffiness from history, telling us what happened in France between the storming of the Bastille and the rise of Napoleon, bringing to life the people who made them happen. His account is dominated by bizarre events and splendid characters, from the famously odd Robespierre, Danton and Thomas Paine, to the less well known Drouet, the local postman who arrested the fleeing King because he recognised him as the man off of the money.
VIVE LA REVOLUTION is an uproariously serious work of history - brilliantly funny and insightful, it puts the peculiarity of individual people back at the centre of the story.
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Review: Vive la Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French RevolutionUser Review - Hannah - Goodreads
Definitely a good overview of the revolution and it's major figures, presented with charm and much more readability than most historical books (especially those about the French Revolution). Steel ... Read full review
Review: Vive la Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French RevolutionUser Review - Paul - Goodreads
I have not read many better introductions to a Historical topic that were better for the lay person in terms of entertainment value and factual content than this Book. Mark Steel (who for those who ... Read full review
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Vive la Revolution: A Stand-Up History of the French Revolution
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