A Place of Greater Safety
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The story of three young provincials of no great heritage who together helped to destroy a way of life and, in the process, destroyed themselves: Camille Desmoulins, bisexual and beautiful, charming, erratic, untrustworthy; Georges Jacques Danton, hugely but erotically ugly, a brilliant pragmatist who knew how to seize power and use it; and Maximilien Robespierre, "the rabid lamb," who would send his dearest friend to the guillotine. Each, none older than thirty-four, would die by the hand of the very revolution he had helped to bring into being.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Place of Greater Safety
This is a fabulous book in detail on the French Revolution. It is an insight to the thought processes of many "thoughtless " events tainted by terror and misunderstanding and of course human viciousness where there is no limit on human behavior.
It is a book not to be missed. Like all of Hillary's books it can not be digested in one sitting but should be visited like a lawyer visits a client. And then it should be reread to gather each detail. Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are similar awe inspiring narratives on a completely different subject yet focusing on the civilized as well as the animal emotions of men and women in high places.