Books: Mr. Hurricane

MIRABEAU (542 pp.)—Antonina Vallentin—Viking ($5).

Mirabeau lives in history as the nobleman whose defiance of the king did much to bring on the French Revolution. When Louis XVI ordered the Third Estate to vote separately from the other orders, it was Mirabeau who said: "Go and tell those who sent you that we are here by the will of the people, and that we shall not leave except by force of bayonets."

He lives in this book as a powerful, eloquent, ugly, passionate, courageous spokesman of the Revolution in the days before the Terror....

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