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The Giant of the French Revolution

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"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 entr e for the uninitiated into the history and politics of the French Revolution." --S ofra 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.)

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