The French Revolution: from Enlightenment to Tyranny by IAN DAVIDSON
The book reminds us that the Revolution was both an inspiration of the finest principles of a new democracy and an awful warning of what can happen when idealism goes wrong.
'Marvellous stuff and an indication of the perennially absorbing nature of the Revolution. Davidson's book is a worthy addition to the canon.' (Spectator); 'Terse, tightly written ... allows certain critical aspects of the Revolution to stand out in a way that doesn't usually happen. (David Aaronovitch - The Times)
Ian Davidson worked for the Financial Times for many years, as Paris correspondent and as chief foreign affairs columnist. He studied English and Classics at Cambridge University, before being awarded the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard and later becoming Visiting Fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Based in London, he is author of Voltaire in Exile (2004) and Voltaire: A Life (Profile, 2010)
The life of Louis XVI, by John Hardman.