History Book Club of the Valley - SFV and Ventura Message Board › French Revolution books
Valley Village, CA
It was great to see you all last Sunday! I had a wonderful time discussing "Vive La Revolution" and answering questions. Some of you expressed an interest in further reading about the Revolution. Literally thousands of books have been written on the subject, but here are a few suggestions:
Simon Schama: Citizens -- runs to 900+ pages, but is one of the best comprehensive overviews for beginners. You will see much of what Steel is arguing against.
Christopher Hibbert: The Days of the French Revolution -- only 380 pages, but is a good, serious but not dry book. Availability has been very spotty, but it currently appears to be on Amazon.
R. R. Palmer: "Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution -- 440 pages but doesn't seem that long, a totally fascinating read that does require basic understanding of the Revolution. Palmer was a pre-eminent Yale historian and this is definitely a serious book, but by no means dry. A widely-regarded favorite by French Revolution historians.
Hilary Mantel: "A Place of Greater Safety" -- a gorgeous and impeccably researched novel by a Booker-prize winning author, at 700+ pages is nevertheless an easy read. Perhaps my favorite book about the Revolution, and beloved by scholars, even though it is a work of fiction!