Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution
A riveting biography of the French Revolution's most enigmatic figure that restores him to his pivotal historic place
Since his execution by guillotine in July 1794, Maximilien Robespierre has been contested terrain for historians, at once the most notorious leader of the French Revolution and the least comprehensible. Was he a bloodthirsty charlatan or the only true defender of revolutionary ideals? Was his extreme moralism—he was known as "The Incorruptible"—a heroic virtue or a ruinous flaw? Was he the first modern dictator or the earliest democrat?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vguy - LibraryThing
Excellent. shows the strength of biography for getting across complexities of history. R's life makes for a clear narrative and a sense of who's on which side in the swirling tide.We learn also that R ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - john257hopper - LibraryThing
A well written and fascinating account of the life and career of this most famous and infamous of French revolutionaries. Robespierre is a fascinating man of contrasts. For much of his life, certainly ... Read full review