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  • Dancing to the Precipiceby Caroline Moorehead

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    ?[A] remarkable biography?.Moorehead deftly wields periods detail?to tell the story of a captivating woman who kept her sense of self amid the vicissitudes of politics.? ? Vogue   From acclaimed biographer Caroline Moorhead comes Dancing to the Precipice, a sweeping chronicle of the remarkable life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin??an astute,... more...

  • The Days of the French Revolutionby Christopher Hibbert

    HarperCollins 2012; Not Available

    Works from Les Misirables by Victor Hugo to Citizens by Simon Schama have been inspired by the French Revolution. Now available for the first time in years, The Days of the French Revolution brings to life the events that changed the future of Western civilization. As compelling as any fiction thriller, this real-life drama moves from the storming... more...

  • Wellington's Gunsby Nick Lipscombe

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 9.99

    The history books have forgotten the artillery of Wellington's army during the Napoleonic Wars, but in this book Nick Lipscombe offers a study of the gunners through first-hand accounts, bringing life and color to their heroic actions. Wellington was, without doubt, a brilliant field commander, but his leadership style was abrupt and occasionally... more...

  • When France Was King of Cartographyby Christine Marie Petto

    Lexington Books 2007; US$ 39.99

    When France Was King of Cartography investigates over a thousand maps and nearly two dozen map producers, analyzes the map as a cultural artifact, map producers as a group, and the array of map viewers over the course of two centuries in France. The book focuses on situated knowledge or 'localized' interests reflected in these geographical productions.... more...

  • Twelve Who Ruledby R. R. Palmer; Isser Woloch

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 39.95

    In its fifth year (1793-1794), the French Revolution faced a multifaceted crisis that threatened to overwhelm the Republic. In response the government instituted a revolutionary dictatorship and a "reign of terror," with a Committee of Public Safety at its head. R. R. Palmer's fascinating narrative follows the Committee's deputies individually and... more...

  • A Woman, a Man, and Two Kingdomsby Francis Steegmuller

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 23.00

    Pre-revolutionary Paris comes to life in this fascinating story surrounding the correspondence between two colorful and witty society figures: the French author Louise d'Épinay and the Italian priest-diplomat Ferdinando Galiani. Their friends included Voltaire, Diderot, Melchior Grimm, and the famous women of the salons, and their letters touched upon... more...

  • The Embrace of Unreasonby Frederick Brown

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 17.95

    From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of For the Soul of France (?Masterful history? ?Henry Kissinger), Zola (?Magnificent? ? The New Yorker ), and Flaubert (?Impeccable? ?James Wood, cover, The New York Times Book Review )?a brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led... more...

  • A Taste for Intrigueby Philip Short

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 40.99

    The man who changed the course of modern France In 1981, François Mitterrand became France's first popularly elected socialist president. By the time he completed his mandate, he had led the country for 14 years, longer than any other French head of state in modern times. Mitterrand mirrored France in all its imperfections and tragedies, its cowardice... more...

  • When the United States Spoke Frenchby Francois Furstenberg

    Penguin Publishing Group 2014; US$ 20.00

    In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United States Spoke French explores the republic?s formative years from the viewpoint of a distinguished circle of five Frenchmen taking refuge in America.... more...

  • Culture and Society in France 1789-1848by F. W. J. Hemmings

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    This book, first published in 1987, complements the author's earlier volume on Culture and Society in France 1848-1898 . It deals with the interaction of social history and cultural history, covering in succession the Revolutionary period, the Napoleonic Empire, the Restoration and the July Monarchy. The scope of the book embraces literature (the... more...