I pray this question doesn't get closed as too subjective. This is a site on history for goodness sake. What could be a more subjective topic??

Anyway, What i'd like is a recommendation of a book on the French Revolution. It seems a fascinating topic that unfolded in many directions with a lot of colorful characters involved. What I need is something that reads more like a novel and also relatively complete.

Any suggestions MUCH appreciated. Thanks, _Ramy

  • Alas, voted to close. The FAQ rules out "Asking for reference material" :( – Felix Goldberg Jan 7 '13 at 11:05
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    But I can still upvote :) – Felix Goldberg Jan 7 '13 at 11:06
  • As a biography for that period I highly recommend Caroline Moorehead's Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era – Drux Jan 9 '13 at 19:29

The wikipedia page includes an extensive reference list of further reading:


Here is the reading list from USC's class The Age of the French Revolution:

  • Jeremy Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution
  • Laura Mason and Tracy Rizzo, eds., The French Revolution: A Document Collection
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
  • RR Palmer, Twelve Who Ruled
  • Laurent Dubois and John D. Garrigus, Slave Rebellion in the Carribean, 1789-1804: A Brief History with Documents
  • David Bell, The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It
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