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Twilight of the Old Order, 1774-1778 (Age of the French Revolution #1)

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Paperback, 650 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Simon & Schuster (first published July 1972)
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Lobstergirl
Oct 19, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it
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This is a nice way to learn history: many short-ish (about 2-8 pages each) chapterettes which are vignettes on the lives of famous and not-famous figures living in the years leading up to the French Revolution. We are presented not only with Louis XV, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and her brother the Habsburg emperor Joseph, but cabinet ministers, writers and philosophers (Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire, Tom Paine, Ben Franklin, Goethe), military men (George Washington, the Marquis de La Fayette), p
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Sherwood Smith
Manceron's delightful, almost breathless style fits perfectly for a book rising to the horrific climax of the revolution. He delves deeply into background of his main players, adding exploratory essays on life and literature that begin to assemble his grand picture.
Brent Jatko
Mar 29, 2016 Brent Jatko rated it liked it
My brother and his partner gave e this series because they didn't like it.

Decent book, although it assumes a knowledge of French history that is beyond many average Americans'.

Not an "easy read" by any means; a glossary and endnote would have helped.

Like Proust but not as dense.

In the age of Google and Wikipedia, it might make for a better read.
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Né en 1923, Claude Manceron a contracté la poliomyélite à l'âge de 11 ans, ce qui l'a contraint à rester allonger pendant des années. Adulte, il devient éducateur spécialisé dans un centre pour paralysés. A la fin des années 1950, il publie son premier livre, un roman consacré aux Cent jours. Entré au Comité national des écrivains, il fréquente Aragon et signe le manifeste des 121 contre la guerre ...more
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