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A fun socialist interpretation of history,
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This review is from: Vive La Revolution (Paperback)Mark Steel scores another winner with this fun, socialist interpretation of the French Revolution which is a wonderful antidote to the usual dry and disapproving tomes on the subject. Steel draws on philosophy, history, literature, music and contemporary events to make a rousing argument for the power of activism and ideas. The passion he feels gives the book a lot of bite, the humour is sharp, witty and observant but it is the ability to look at the very human facets of 18th century France which illustrates how the fight for social justice extends throughout history and is relevant to today. The diversity of his sources is another point in the books favour and I will be re-reading CLR James 'The Black Jacobins' as I'd forgotten what a wonderful history it was. The book is dedicated to the late Joe Strummer and I have no doubt he would have loved it - If only all socialists had the same breadth of vision and humour we'd have a very different style of government.
An erudite, informative and entertaining book, which I'd recommend to anyone with a heart, brain and a social conscience.