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1.0 out of 5 stars
The only reason this gets a star is because there is no way of giving zero stars, 12 April 2010
This book is a neat compilation of every criticism of the revolution and the people involved that have been written in the last 250 years, regardless of relevance or factual content. Schama pretends that by telling his readers to hate Robespierre, one of the most hated men in history, he is in some way being edgy and groundbreaking. He focuses solely on the Terror and the negative aspects of the revolution and completely ignores the impact of revolutionary ideas and the declaration of human rights in France and the rest of the world. If you prefer your history books to be one-sided, positivist and with an obvious agenda, this is the book for you.