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5.0 out of 5 stars Could be more complete, 29 Dec 2012
This review is from: Jean Paul Marat: Tribune of the French Revolution (Revolutionary Lives) (Paperback)
Due to the surprising dearth of books dedicated to Marat, I suppose one should be thankful that Clifford D. Conner has at least filled his slight 150-page tomb, Jean Paul Marat, with equally slight facts concerning Marat's life: dates and bare-bones events. Any book about Marat should include Marat's life and his times, and weigh-in at the 600-page level. Alas for those of us who yearn for realistic information concerning the French Revolution, Conner defends Marat's despicable reign, accusing Marat's accusers of `'denigrating every aspect of his life.'' In reality, of course, Marat was a scumbag whose writings inspired the illiterate French masses to murder thousands, many of whom were children (and this despite the fact that Marat was sincerely dedicated to the underdog). You'll learn just as much about the real Marat by reading Lawday's Danton and Scurr's Robespierre. But I'm being harsh. If Conner wants to write a short volume, that his business; if he wants to show indulgence to a child killer, that's his problem. The book remains, nonetheless, the most detailed work devoted just to Marat that I've read. We don't know why Marat did what he did, we know nothing of his motivations, but we do learn what happened, when and where. Just the `'whys'' go unanswered. My own books can be found on Amazon under Michael Hone.
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