Books: Tabloid of the Terror

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION (350 pp.)—Georges Pernoud and Sabine Flaissier—Putnam ($5).

"That was a nice way to behave," said the Deputy to the King. "You are a good man and you are liked, but see what a mess you have got into!" Whereupon the Deputy burst into tears.

The tearful Deputy was a man named Corollaire, the good man was King Louis XVI, and the mess was that fantastic and shattering imbroglio—the French Revolution. Louis, dressed in old brown plush and very dirty linen, did not look much of a King at the moment. He had...

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