The author of Goodbye, My Son has taken Robespierre and the Great Terror as her subject for this new fictional recreation of character and period. Again good reading, popularly speaking, dramatic, somewhat doctored and spiced. The story confines itself to a few months in the year of the terror, opening when Danton was still the people's idol, coarse, sensual, jocular Danton who was soon to be betrayed and beheaded by Robespierre. Robespierre, little country lawyer, incorruptible, fanatic, intolerant, whose lust for power was the ""inhuman lust of the passionless man"", who sacrificed his oldest friend Lesmoulins, the journalist who had written him into power. Increasing in violence -- in unreason --Robespierre is finally sentenced in his turn to the guillotine. Again a good job -- but the subject has less emotional, human appeal than the moving story of Napoleon's mother, and I question its equalling those sales.