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on November 18, 2010
This book is a cross between scholarly and pop history, leaning more toward the former. But it's so beautifully written and well organized, with a fascinating topic, that anyone with even slight interest in history would probably enjoy it.

Tackett opens the book with the amazing story of the abrupt end to the flight of King Louis XVI and his family. They were stopped in Varennes as they tried to pass through on their way out of the country during the third year of the French Revolution. Later Tackett details all that went into planning the escape, which is one of the most fascinating moments of the Revolution.

But the ramifications and aftermath of this attempted escape are even more important, and Tackett does a reasonable job explaining why. However, this is the one area where he falls a bit short. He argues that the king's flight and the aftermath led to the Terror, but he didn't spend enough time explaining why, which is surprising since that seemed to be a main part of his thesis. Nevertheless, it's a great read and highly recommended.
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on February 21, 2015
Extremely interesting way of describing this critical event in the revolution. Begins with the details of the French royal family's attempted flight to safety and then describes in separate chapters how different groups were affected by the king's attempted departure. Tackett presents the concerns and pressures on each group in a compassionate way and thereby provides an introduction to the driving forces of the Revolution, especially for people like me who knew nothing about the Revolution. Covers only the summer of their ill-fated flight but covers it in great and interesting detail.
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on October 11, 2013
I choose these rating because when I visited Varenes in France I decided to find a book in wich I could find out what happend. I can only say, to visit a historical place and than to read about events that is the greatest thing. But the story must be well written and so I can only recommand these book to all interested in history full of intrigues and games and final in destiny of those peaople who in crucial moment shows only their weakest points and ruins theirs and other lives. Sorry but king Luis the XVI was such a weak man.But in history of mankind other follows and their bad decisions had bad folows in historicall events .
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on February 18, 2013
Very well-done. I read it to prep for teaching my college course that begins with The Enlightenment and the French Revolution. There is A LOT of detail about the escape of the Royal Family and his argument for it's significant as a turning point in the Revolution is an important distinction and compelling. However, the book includes other information about the Revolution, so it can serve as a source for the Revolution as a whole as well.
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VINE VOICEon December 14, 2006
The Flight of the King from Paris was an event that shook the core of the revolution. Tackett is a great French Revolution historian and he does not disappoint here. The book is easy to read and stays on topic making you think about the idea of causality in the revolution. Tackett takes a great deal of time to explain how the flight of the king changed the opinion of the people in France. He does so very well and makes for a very interesting book. For those studying the revolution this is a much read about a crucial moment that changed the course of the revolution shifting it over to violence that had not been seen prior the flight of the king.
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on December 28, 2016
A wonderful book. Reads like fiction with fascinating details. I'd recommend for anyone who likes history, nonfiction, historical fiction, or French culture.
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on January 26, 2017
Well researched, but really slow. Worth it if you're interested in the period.
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on January 11, 2017
Wonderful re-intro to hows and whys of that era.
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on June 6, 2013
Fascinating account of this dramatic point in history. Dr Tackett's writing makes for an easy, enjoyable and exciting read.

Will be looking for more of his works.
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on October 25, 2014
Very interesting and easy to read
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