Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

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Knopf, 1989 - 948 pages
Instead of the dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital and inventive, infatuated with novelty and technology -- a strikingly fresh view of Louis XVI's France. A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. 200 illustrations.

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User Review  - Anne-marie - Goodreads

Honestly, I never make it through the whole book, but every few years I pick it up and swear this time I will finish it. Favorite story: when Voltaire is on his deathbed, they ask him to reject Satan and he reportedly refuses to saying, "is this the time to make enemies?" Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Well researched and documented. I found it difficult to read, consulting dictionaries, and translating French words and phrases being only part of it. It seems to have been written for an audience ... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Simon Schama is the prize-winning author of seven acclaimed books. An art critic and essayist
for The New Yorker, he also writes and presents documentaries for BBC television. He is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and lives outside New York City.

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