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ROBESPIERRE AND THE FOURTH ESTATE—Ralph Korngold—Moderr Age ($3.75).

The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars were Act I of a European melodrama of which the Russian and German Revolutions and the two World Wars are Act II. Act I was so terrifying that people prefer to remember it as something written by Thomas Carlyle or Victor Hugo, something out of War and Peace, The Dynasts or The Charterhouse of Parma.

They have rationalized the guillotine into a lethal contrivance at least no more shocking than the electric chair. They have rationalized the Jacobin Club...

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