The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792--1794
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The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792--1794

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For the audience that made a major bestseller of Simon Schama’sCitizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution comesthis exhaustively researched, character-drivenchronicle of revolutionary terror, its victims, and the young men---energetic, idealistic, and sincere---who turned the French Republic into a slaughterhouse.

1792 found the newborn Republic threatened from all sid...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 8th 2004)
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While reading Graeme Fife’s The Terror, I became very curious about who would publish such an abysmally written history of the Terror. I tried to find information about Portrait Books, an imprint of Piatkus, but the imprint seems to have been wiped out of existence. The only official mention I could find was from an interview with the publisher of Piatkus in which she stated that “[o]ur Portrait imprint is more about entertainment than information and appeals to history and music buffs” (http://...more
This was an enormously difficult read, in part because there's a cast of hundreds--or at least dozens and dozens--and in part because the author assumes a lot of background knowledge that, alas, this reader did not have, and also because his writing is just difficult to understand. Is this being said tongue in cheek, is this what the subject said or what someone else said about the subject, etc, etc? He kept inserting the last names of people in the middle of a paragraph, without reference to wh...more
This book might be an informative source of the turmoil that was the French Revolution but it's written so poorly that I can't make head nor tails of the sentences. The use of commas is rampant and they are splattered here and there until sentences are incomprehensible. Such a pity.
Roger Md
Putting the modern world in perspective of the French Revolution (that surprisingly followed the USA successful revolution by a dozen or so years!)
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