Danton Gentle Giant Of Terror In This New Biography, David Lawday, Author Of The Acclaimed Napoleon S Master, A Life Of Talleyrand, Turns His Focus To The Life Of Georges Jacques Danton, Tragic Hero Incarnate A Beefy Six Foot Bull Of A Man, With A Rude Farmyard Face To Match, Danton Was Destined To Bring A Violent End To An Absolute Monarchy That Had Ruled For A Thousand YearsBut It Was Not His Alarming Physique That Placed Him At The Head Of The RevolutionHis Weapon Of Revolt Was His Voice A Perpetual Roll Of Thunder That Spurred Men To Action Without His Quite Knowing Where He Intended To Drive ThemTo Hear Danton Was To Hear The Heartbeat Of RevolutionTogether With The Puritanical Robespierre His Rival To Death And In Most Every Way His Opposite Danton Brought About Something Rare In History A Change In The Human Social OrderThe Reckless Ride From Monarchy To Republic Was A Mass Social Revolution That Upended The Most Populous Country In Europe An Upheaval So Uniquely Radical In Spirit That Formed The Root If Not Quite Of That Liberty And Equality Its Makers Dreamed Of At Least Of The Liberal, Democratic Society In Which A Good Part Of The World Is Fairly Content To Live TodayWhat Manner Of Man Makes Such Stupendous Things Happen With Prose That Is Immediate And Engaging, Lawday Examines The Personalities And The Associations That Inspired And Fuelled The RevolutionThe Power Of Danton S Oratory, And His Charismatic Appeal, Led Him To The Centre Of Power At The Height Of A Period Of Turbulent ChangeBut He Was To Become A Victim Of Revolution Himself, Facing The Guillotine Defiant To The End At The Age Of Thirty Four
David Lawday is a native of London, educated there and at Oxford He is a writer and journalist who was a correspondent for twenty years with The Economist He is now based in Paris where his son and daughter grew up and where he lives with his French wife.
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- David Lawday
- 04 July 2018 David Lawday