The birth of tyranny in France

Timothy Tackett’s new book, “The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution,” does, in many profound ways, unscramble the “meaning” of the terror in the revolution by de-coupling ersatz philosophical explanations offered up during the 19th and 20th centuries explained as a disjunction between “circumstances” and “ideals” in favor of a precise exploration of the origins of a culture of political violence connected to historical process.


Journey to the edges of the Earth

A journey in a novel is typically a quest, an escape or a picaresque romp. Kit’s has elements of all of those. She’s searching for something, but she doesn’t really know what; she’s running from something, but it’s nebulous rather than specific; she has some interesting adventures with colorful people.


This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Nov. 22, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.

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