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Citizens by Simon Schama
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Feb 03, 2011

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I learned a lot from this book, but was disappointed by the author's rather inaccessible style and numerous references to untranslated French phrases. Although I did learn a lot and it could be fascinating, I would not recommend this book to anyone completely enthralled by the French Revolution.

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Reading Progress

February 3, 2011 – Started Reading
February 3, 2011 – Shelved
March 10, 2011 –
page 746
78.69% "Although Schama is describing a series of revolutionary governments reverting to totalitarian powers and institutionalizing popular violence to tame the forces that spawned them, the dry writing often makes the exciting and horrible events of history seem drab. Also, I was interested to learn that the more radical the governments became, the fewer citizens exercised their new rights and voted."
March 24, 2011 –
page 836
88.19% "I am currently in the death throes of the Terror. It is fascinating to see how the government sanctioned violence attempted to quell constant popular uprising, but caused horrific, government-sanctioned mass murders."
April 2, 2011 – Finished Reading

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