A monumental, detailed and perhaps a definitive biography of the extravagant, flamboyant and eloquent Mirabeau, writer, lover and statesman -- against the turbulent, troubled times of 18th century France. Both man and era emerge here, well-documented and lavish in scope, in this three-dimensional view of an influential, magnetic personality. Here are the bitter, stormy years of an unhappy youth, a meaningless first marriage, a lifelong succession of passionate, violent love affairs, and once escaped the furious hatred of his father, his brilliant, important career in public life. Along with Mirabeau there are the important figures of his day, -- Louis XVI, Lafayette, Robespierre, Franklin, Marie Antoinette, Talleyrand, Danton etc. A literary, authentic biography marked by painstaking scholarship, and a sympathetic handling of the subject.