A scholarly biography, rather than a popularized one, and yet not in any sense belonging to the pedantic school. Danton was probably the most brilliant thinker of the ""three flaming stars"" of the French Revolution, and to him politics meant unselfish service to mankind. He bridged the gap between the masses and the aristocrats -- which caused his death, eventually. A thoughtful, readable and apparently unbiased study of the man and the politician; an authoritative account of his part in that period of French history, and therefore of great interest and value to anyone interested in those fateful years. The Marie Antoinette widened that market considerably.