The French Revolution

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(4.6 stars; 17 reviews)

A companion volume to his previous "lightning biography" of Napoleon, this book is an outline of the overall shape and impact of the French Revolution, with references given for deeper study. It is a deliberately short and approachable work, suitable for those reading about the French Revolution for the first time, or looking for an overview of the main events and significance of this great historical cataclysm. - Summary by Beth Thomas and the Introduction (6 hr 7 min)


Preface 1:37 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
The Perspective of the French Revolution 14:27 Read by Pamela Nagami
Versailles 18:12 Read by Michael Fassio
Economic Crisis 12:47 Read by Michael Fassio
Convocation of the States General 24:29 Read by Ariphron
France comes to Versailles 25:05 Read by Ariphron
From Versailles to Paris 25:41 Read by Richard Auty
The Assembly Demolishes Privilege 22:03 Read by Richard Auty
The Flight to Varennes 23:09 Read by Michael Fassio
War Breaks Out 20:21 Read by Michael Fassio
The Massacres 22:52 Read by Michael Fassio
Ending the Monarchy 18:43 Read by Lincoln Peterson
The Fall of the Gironde 21:37 Read by Lincoln Peterson
The Reign of Terror 21:44 Read by Michael Fassio
Thermidor 25:08 Read by KHand
The Last Days of the Convention 20:19 Read by KHand
The Directoire 27:17 Read by KHand
Art and Literature 21:29 Read by Sonia


Well done , to all the readers and volunteers !

(5 stars)

You don't know how precious you are , readers and other volunteers of Librivox and Internet Archive . We can't express our gratitude enough. This history written by Author Robert Matteson Johnston is a superb work for a beginner or for someone who wants to brush up on The French Revolution . Often one wants to hear more details and quotations but I doubt the author wrote this short history for that purpose . Inter alia, it can be deemed as a reference , a point of departure for the reader to do more research on this seminal period in history

(5 stars)

Great book but why not translate the literature also?