Fatal Purity: Robespierre And the French Revolution (Paperback)

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    Born in 1971, Ruth Scurr studied at Oxford and Cambridge, where she currently teaches politics and history. A prominent literary critic, she has written for The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement. Fatal Purity is her first book.
    "Judicious, balanced, and admirably clear at every point. This is quite the calmest and least abusive history of the Revolution you will ever read."
    --Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books

    Since his execution by guillotine in July 1794, Maximilien Robespierre has been contested terrain for historians. Was he a bloodthirsty charlatan or the only true defender of revolutionary ideals? The first modern dictator or the earliest democrat? Was his extreme moralism a heroic virtue or a ruinous flaw?

    Against the dramatic backdrop of the French Revolution, historian Ruth Scurr tracks Robespierre's evolution from provincial lawyer to devastatingly efficient revolutionary leader, righteous and paranoid in equal measure. She explores his reformist zeal, his role in the fall of the monarchy, his passionate attempts to design a modern republic, even his extraordinary effort to found a perfect religion. And she follows him into the Terror, as the former death- penalty opponent makes summary execution the order of the day, himself falling victim to the violence at the age of thirty-six.

    Written with epic sweep, full of nuance and insight, Fatal Purity is a fascinating portrait of a man who identified with the Revolution to the point of madness, and in so doing changed the course of history.

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    ISBN 9780805082616
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
    Format Paperback
    Pages 408
    Publisher Date 2007-04-03 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Henry Holt & Co
    Copyright Year 2007
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.85 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Robespierre And the French Revolution
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Scurr, Ruth
    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    Country of Origin United States

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