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Ion leaves the reader slightly despondent an irrational crowd demonstrating "For Some Political Purpose Looting Shops Brutal Gory Killing Of "some political purpose looting shops Brutal gory killing of individuals Looting historical objects from museums Destroying historical buildings Not twenty first century South Africa not supporters of the Islamic State or the Taliban but eighteenth century Paris And this excerpt of Schama s study of the the Islamic State or the Taliban but eighteenth century Paris And this excerpt of Schama s study of the does not even reach the Reign of TerrorSchama se onderhoudende vertelling oor die Bastille en die rol da Or a brief introduction to the opening moves of the French Revolution. Y titles since it was first published in 1989 This extract takes us into the heart of the revolution's ferment as the angry crowd storms the Bastille prison. The Bastille FallsE excerpts from classics I THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD BOOK FOR JULY thought this was a good book for July is a lively look at the events at the start of the French revolution With the deft skill of a raconteur Schama narrates the events leading up to the storming of the Bastille in Paris on that fateful day 14 July 1789 He makes the reader simultaneously aware of the great historical forces in motion and the individuals swept along by those currents which allows us aware of the great historical forces in motion and the individuals swept along by those currents which allows us indentify easily with the lot of the people What he tells us about the inhabitants of one of the most highly regarded cultural centres of Western civilizat. Ces through their gripping storytelling Citizens his award winning account of the French Revolution has continued to be one of Penguin's most popular histor. I have been interested In Schama From Afar For Ages Now Schama from afar for Ages Now I Thought This Little Book Would Be Great now I thought this little book would be great an easy and cheap intro to his workHe writes very well his history is interesting and relevant to the underlying to his workHe writes very well his history is interesting and relevant to the underlying and doesn t stray from the plot I will definitely be reading of his work in the future Very well written account of the events of early July 1789 Some annotation would have made this book perfect Meh Unless you re dying to read a history on the Storming of the Bastille this isn t interesting to read in its own right Our library bought the collection of 70 pag. Simon Schama is famous both as a great scholar and as one of the UK's greatest popularizers of history whose books and TV series have enthralled huge audien.