Books: King-Cog

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF Louis XVI—Saul K. Padover — Appleton-Century ($3.75).

Synonym for royalty's sins and sufferings in the French Revolution has long been meddlesome Marie Antoinette. But it was her gluttonous, well-meaning husband, Louis XVI—to his courtiers "that great hog"—whose consistent blunders, according to Author Padover, mark the consistent advances of the Revolution, and make him the king-cog of the revolutionary turnover. Much new archive material documents this competent appraisal of an unheroic fat man trying to keep his head in a high historical wind. Inescapable is the conclusion that the bolshevik bourgeois and proletarians of 1793 "liquidated" the one...

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