The most complete book yet for young people on the French Revolution during this 200th-anniversary year. Ban field's basic approach is chronological, with information organized in phases of the six-year period from 1789 to the rise of Napoleon. She introduces each sequence of events with a scene that swiftly delineates some of the most dramatic moments, then flashes back to fill in the framework. Numerous chunks of information--organized under such broad headings as ""Facts and Figures"" and ""Characters in the Revolutionary Drama""--are interspersed throughout. Although well researched, this is unevenly written, the prose varying from sensational to plodding. Useful if not inspiring. Good notes: index. Illustrations not seen.