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Vive La Revolution: A Stand-Up History of the French Revolution

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Publisher Comments:

Vive la Revolution is an uproariously serious work of history — brilliantly funny and insightful, it puts individual people back at the center of the French Revolution, telling this remarkable story as it has never been told before.

Review:

Thank goodness...for Mark Steel. Engagingly lighthearted while clearly thorough, the author has taken the events of the French Revolution and given them a human face, as well as neatly poking fun at the over-pomposity with which our recent historians have dealt with the period." Observer

Review:

"A cross between a history of the French Revolution and a spirited defense of the ideals that inspired it." Independent

Review:

"An irreverent romp through the Gallic uprising...illuminating and funny." The Daily Mail

Book News Annotation:

The French Revolution came about because of the horrific conditions endured by the French under a corrupt and inhumane aristocracy, and we're all better off for it. This basic truth, overlooked or played down in other histories and in popular opinion, is central to Steel's clear and accurate telling of the tale of the Revolution, its leaders, victims, and subsequent governments, which he tells in a deliberately informal style using comparisons with current affairs and a frequent and ferocious wit. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Steel's guide to the French Revolution displays serious scholarship, as well as comic genius.

Synopsis:

“Thank goodness . . . for Mark Steel. Engagingly lighthearted while clearly thorough, the author has taken the events of the French Revolution and given them a human face, as well as neatly poking fun at the over-pomposity with which our recent historians have dealt with the period.”—The Observer

“With Vive La Revolution [Steel] examines the raw material of 1789, not so much in search of laughs as in an attempt to reclaim the first popular revolution from the dry historians.”—Scotsman

“A cross between a history of the French Revolution and a spirited defense of the ideals that inspired it.”—The Independent

“Steel expertly guides the reader through the philosophies, protagonists, failures and serious legacy of the events of 1789.”—Guardian

Vive la Revolution is an uproariously serious work of history. Brilliantly funny and insightful, it puts individual people back at the center of the story of the French Revolution, telling this remarkable story as it has never been told before.

For the Haymarket edition, Steel has added a new preface for North American readers and revised the book to address parallel themes in US history.

About the Author

Mark Steel is a London-based comedian and author. He has written for The Guardian and currently has a weekly column in the Independent and a lecture series on the BBC. His other books include Reasons to be Cheerful and It's Not a Runner Bean.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931859370
Author:
Steel, Mark
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
History
Subject:
France
Subject:
General History
Subject:
France History Revolution, 1789-1799.
Subject:
World History-France
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
A Stand-up History o
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
293
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 15 oz

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Product details 293 pages Haymarket Books - English 9781931859370 Reviews:
"Review" by , Thank goodness...for Mark Steel. Engagingly lighthearted while clearly thorough, the author has taken the events of the French Revolution and given them a human face, as well as neatly poking fun at the over-pomposity with which our recent historians have dealt with the period."
"Review" by , "A cross between a history of the French Revolution and a spirited defense of the ideals that inspired it."
"Review" by , "An irreverent romp through the Gallic uprising...illuminating and funny."
"Synopsis" by ,
Steel's guide to the French Revolution displays serious scholarship, as well as comic genius.
"Synopsis" by ,

“Thank goodness . . . for Mark Steel. Engagingly lighthearted while clearly thorough, the author has taken the events of the French Revolution and given them a human face, as well as neatly poking fun at the over-pomposity with which our recent historians have dealt with the period.”—The Observer

“With Vive La Revolution [Steel] examines the raw material of 1789, not so much in search of laughs as in an attempt to reclaim the first popular revolution from the dry historians.”—Scotsman

“A cross between a history of the French Revolution and a spirited defense of the ideals that inspired it.”—The Independent

“Steel expertly guides the reader through the philosophies, protagonists, failures and serious legacy of the events of 1789.”—Guardian

Vive la Revolution is an uproariously serious work of history. Brilliantly funny and insightful, it puts individual people back at the center of the story of the French Revolution, telling this remarkable story as it has never been told before.

For the Haymarket edition, Steel has added a new preface for North American readers and revised the book to address parallel themes in US history.

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