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capricious nerd / nerd teacher [books] reviewed Becoming a Revolutionary

It was hard not to fall asleep.

2 star

The readability of this book is... minimal. If you've ever wondered what an inventory (or a budget, a list of quotes, or a CV/resume) would look like if someone had turned it into a narrative, it would be this. It becomes cumbersome to even focus as you're told the individual wealth of each deputy, of their so-called qualifications, of their …

Becoming a Revolutionary (2014, Princeton University Press)

2 star

Becoming a Revolutionary by Timothy Tackett

Here Timothy Tackett tests some of the diverse explanations of the origins of the French Revolution by examining the psychological itineraries of the individuals who launched it--the deputies of the Estates General and the National Assembly. Based on a wide variety of sources, notably the letters and diaries of over a hundred deputies, the book assesses their collective biographies and …