History, Non-Fiction, Wenborn-Neil

#716 The French Revolution in a Nutshell by Neil Wenborn

 The French Revolution in a Nutshell by Neil Wenborn The French Revolution in a Nutshell by Neil Wenborn

If you’ve ever wondered what all this business about people getting their heads chopped off and eating cake in France, but you don’t have time to take an entire class on the French Revolution, this might be the book for you.

It all started with some unhappy people. Things were changing in the world. Governments were changing. The crops were bad. Nobody had any money, except some of the nobles, and even then, a lot of the nobles didn’t have much money either. Countries around the world were ditching their monarchies, America being the foremost, and other countries wanted the common man to have more of a say in the government. They wanted republics.

Louis came along and married Marie Antoinette, who supposedly said, “Let them eat cake,” in reference to the people saying they wanted bread, which actually didn’t happen. The French people stormed the Bastille, a prison. They cornered the royal family. They started chopping heads off with a Guillotine, including the heads of their kind and queen.

With all of this said and done, France didn’t quite get the government it wanted for a while. There were political dissenters and Napoleon to deal with.

What I liked

I know quite a bit about the French Revolution, so I’m not sure why I read this. It’s still interesting though. Really, if you don’t know a whole lot about the French Revolution, this is a good place to start.

What I didn’t like

I think this book is fine for what it intends to do.


“Off with their heads!” … you thought this was just an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland reference.

Weigh in

Are short books that condense historical events interesting?

Would you have eaten some cake?


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