This should stand as the definitive account of the thirteen blood-drenched months of French history, ""The Terror"". Three leaders emerged in the Revolution: Danton, his great rival, Robespierre, and the diseased and terrible Marat. Tying his narrative to the biographies of the actors in the drama, the author writes of both the leaders and the lesser fry: the dedicated and charming Charlotte Corday; Febert, the rabble-rouser who died screaming; Mme. Roland, whose meddlings brought her and many others to the guillotine; the bloodthirsty and unbelievable St. Just, Robespierre's disciple; Fouche who engineered his downfall and lived to ruin Napoleon. Written with the skill of a novelist and the accuracy of the trained reporter, this long and fascinating book is full of the courage and corruption, devotion and betrayal, and the life and death that stained one of the most dramatic periods of history.