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The Giant of the French Revolution
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"The Giant of the French Revolution sweeps one along in a gathering flood-tide of rich description, brilliant characterization, subtle political analysis, and breathless suspense. David Lawday has written a masterful, spine-tingling fictional thriller--except every word in this compulsively readable book is true." -- Mark Danner "Lawday . . . has brought Danton into full view in an audacious piece of historical writing . . . there is not a better portrait of Danton." -- Hugh MacDonald "Immensely readable . . . Lawday's book is meticulously researched." -- Siofra Pierse "Lawday creates some great set pieces and striking turning points. . . . He is able to capture the atmosphere of the early Revolution: its inflammable mix of devilment and righteousness . . . he celebrates [Danton], 'large heart and violent impulses in irresolvable conflict'." -- Hilary Mantel "A compelling, highly readable, and very timely account of a paradoxical champion of humanity pitted against ideological fanaticism." -- David Coward Lawday gives us not only a fine biography but a moving description of revolutionary tragedy as wellAn exciting history, gracefully written and well researched. "Publishers Weekly" Lawday presents an absorbing portrait of a celebrated victimhe viscerally recreates the look and smell of the fevered Paris Danton moved about, setting the mood for the climax to Danton s call for moderation: his execution in 1794. A page-turner for history readers, guaranteed. Gilbert Taylor, "Booklist" "The Giant of the French Revolution" sweeps one along in a gathering floodtide of rich description, brilliant characterization, subtle political analysis and breathless suspense. David Lawday has written a masterful, spine-tingling thriller - except that every word in this compulsively readable book is true. Mark Danner, author of "Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War" Lawday creates some great set pieces and striking turning pointsHe is able to capture the atmosphere of the early Revolution: its inflammable mix of devilment and righteousness, reckless selflessness and flagrant self-promotion. He sees that Danton was more than the sum of his crimes, the sum of his secrets; he celebrates him, large heart and violent impulses in irresolvable conflict . Hilary Mantel, "The London Review of Books" The author ably assembles a convincing portrait of a man of giant stature, appetite, ability and egoa clear account of one man s failure to recognize the fanged creatures that swim in waves of passion and popularity. "Kirkus" A gripping story, beautifully told. "The Economist" Immensely readableLawday s book is ultimately meticulously researched and thoroughly footnoted throughout. Indeed, alongside its thought-provoking reading of Danton, this biography offers an excellent entree for the uninitiated into the history and politics of the French Revolution. Siofra Pierse, "Irish Times" David Lawday strides confidently into the fray and brings back a compelling, highly readable, and very timely account of a paradoxical champion of humanity pitted against ideological fanaticism. David Coward, "The Independent" (U.K.)" "Lawday gives us not only a fine biography but a moving description of revolutionary tragedy as well...An exciting history, gracefully written and well researched."--"Publishers Weekly" "Lawday presents an absorbing portrait of a celebrated victim...he viscerally recreates the look and smell of the fevered Paris Danton moved about, setting the mood for the climax to Danton's call for moderation: his execution in 1794. A page-turner for history readers, guaranteed."--Gilbert Taylor, "Booklist" ""The Giant of the French Revolution" sweeps one along in a gathering floodtide of rich description, brilliant characterization, subtle political analysis and breathless suspense. David Lawday has written a masterful, spine-tingling thriller - except that every word in this compulsively readable book is true."--Mark Danner, author of "Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War" "Lawday creates some great set pieces and striking turning points...He is able to capture the atmosphere of the early Revolution: its inflammable mix of devilment and righteousness, reckless selflessness and flagrant self-promotion. He sees that Danton was more than the sum of his crimes, the sum of his secrets; he celebrates him, 'large heart and violent impulses in irresolvable conflict'." --Hilary Mantel, "The London Review of Books" "The author ably assembles a convincing portrait of a man of giant stature, appetite, ability and ego...a clear account of one man's failure to recognize the fanged creatures that swim in waves of passion and popularity."--"Kirkus" "A gripping story, beautifully told."--"The Economist" "Immensely readable...Lawday's book is ultimately meticulously researched and thoroughly footnoted throughout. Indeed, alongside its thought-provoking reading of Danton, this biography offers an excellent entree for the uninitiated into the history and politics of the French Revolution." --Siofra Pierse, "Irish Times" "David Lawday st

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