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  • Citizensby Simon Schama

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    The most authoritative social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution, and one of the great landmarks of modern history publishing. 'Monumental...provocative and stylish, Simon Schama's account of the first few years of the great Revolution in France, and of the decades that led up to it, is thoughtful, informed and profoundly... more...

  • When the Guillotine Fellby Jeremy Mercer

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 8.99

    How long did the guillotine?s blade hang over the heads of French criminals?  Was it abandoned in the late 1800s?  Did French citizens of the early days of the twentieth century decry its brutality?  No. The blade was allowed to do its work well into our own time.  In 1974, Hamida Djandoubi brutally tortured 22 year-old Elisabeth Bousquet in an apartment... more...

  • The Englishman's Daughterby Ben Macintyre

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 8.99

    "I have a rendezvous with death, at some disputed barricade." Alan Seeger, 1916 In the first days of World War I four soldiers, left behind as the British army retreated through northern France under the first German onslaught, found themselves trapped on the wrong side of the Western Front, in a tiny village called Villeret. Just a few miles... more...

  • The Terrorby Graeme Fife

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 8.99

    For the audience that made a major bestseller of Simon Schama?s  Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution comes this exhaustively researched, character-driven chronicle of revolutionary terror, its victims, and the young men---energetic, idealistic, and sincere---who turned the French Republic into a slaughterhouse.             1792 found... more...

  • We'll Always Have Parisby John Baxter

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    For more than a century, pilgrims from all over the world seeking romance and passion have made their way to the City of Light. The seductive lure of Paris has long been irresistible to lovers, artists, epicureans, and connoisseurs of the good life. Globe-trotting film critic and writer John Baxter heard her siren song and was bewitched. Now he offers... more...

  • The Invention of Parisby Eric Hazan; David Fernbach

    Verso Books 2011; US$ 19.95

    The Invention of Paris is a tour through the streets and history of the French capital under the guidance of radical Parisian author and publisher Eric Hazan. Hazan reveals a city whose squares echo with the riots, rebellions and revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Combining the raconteur?s ear for a story with a historian?s... more...

  • In Defence of the Terrorby Sophie Wahnich; Slavoj Zizek

    Verso Books 2012; US$ 16.95

    For two hundred years after the French Revolution, the Republican tradition celebrated the execution of princes and aristocrats, defending the Terror that the Revolution inflicted upon on its enemies. But recent decades have brought a marked change in sensibility. The Revolution is no longer judged in terms of historical necessity but rather by ?timeless?... more...

  • Marianne in Chainsby Robert Gildea

    Henry Holt and Co. 2013; US$ 22.99

    A startling and original view of the occupation of the French heartland, based on a new investigation of everyday life under Nazi rule In France, the German occupation is called simply the ?dark years.? There were only the ?good French? who resisted and the ?bad French? who collaborated. Marianne in Chains , a broad and provocative history, uncovers... more...

  • France On The Brink: A Great Civilization Faces a New Centuryby Jonathan Fenby

    Arcade Publishing 1999; US$ 17.95

    A renowned journalist shows us France as never before seen, and the view will chill and electrify anyone who loves -- or loves to hate -- the country that not only defined culture but gave us the word itself. The traditional leader in the arts, letters, cuisine, and fashion, France embodies universally admired ideals of political expression and personal... more...

  • The Dynamite Clubby John Merriman

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009; US$ 17.99

    The fascinating story of a long-forgotten "war on terror" that has much in common with our own On a February evening in 1894, a young radical intellectual named Émile Henry drank two beers at an upscale Parisian restaurant, then left behind a bomb as a parting gift. This incident, which rocked the French capital, lies at the heart of The Dynamite... more...