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Top Customer Reviews
The Kindle version has been done well; not perfect certainly, but free from the major formatting problems which sometimes beset digital versions of ancient out-of-contract works. In amongst a sea of downloadable dross this is one freebie that can be recommended.
Unexpectedly, I found the second reading more memorable – and more gripping – than the first. More of its content has stuck in my mind, its pace is akin to that of a thriller, and the importance of its subject matter exudes from almost every paragraph. Though over a hundred years old now, Johnston’s language has also remained undated: it is simple and unpretentious. Above all, he is fair. While he rightly despises the despotism, corruption and narcissism of the Ancient Regime, he lays bare the frequent immaturity, egotism and cruelty – even sadism – of many of the leading figures of the revolution, which, eventually, because of their failings, ended in a military coup and the enthronement of the equally narcissistic and cruel Corsican soldier. The French revolution produced not a single hero.
I enjoyed, also, a short, introductory chapter by Johnston on the previous treatments of the subject. He describes their strengths and shortcomings – but mainly shortcomings. He describes, for example, Carlyle’s famous history as ‘a work of literature’, rather than as an objective account. (Incidentally, Mark Twain read Carlyle’s history over and over again in his last decades, the book being found beside him on his bed when he died in April1910.Read more ›
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A great introduction to an important chapter of one of the world's greatest nationsPublished 4 months ago by Dave Hart
Wish I had read this book when I studied this at school. Very informative and easy to read.Published 6 months ago by Sean Taylor
It's great to have these type of books available on Kindle as I need them as reference all the time.Published on 16 Jan. 2015 by atb731
Found the style dry boring,lacking in passion.Factual material good but presented in a very dry way.I did not get a feel for the participantsPublished on 15 Sept. 2014 by Mr John Orr