Vive la Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French Revolution
An Actually Interesting, Unapologetically Sympathetic and Extremely Funny History of the French Revolution: Vive la Revolution is an uproariously serious work of history - brilliantly funny and insightful, it puts individual people back at the center of the French Revolution, telling this remarkable story as it has never been told before.
Watch this hilarious Mark Steel’s hilarious lecture on the French Revolution:
“Thank goodness ... for Mark Steel. Engagingly lighthearted while clearly thorough, the author has taken the events of the French Revolution and given them a human face, as well as neatly poking fun at the over-pomposity with which our recent historians have dealt with the period.”
“A cross between a history of the French Revolution and a spirited defense of the ideals that inspired it.”
“Steel expertly guides the reader through the philosophies, protagonists, failures and serious legacy of the events of 1789.”
“Vive La Revolution is a first. It might not be the most obvious topic for comedy, but Steel has done his homework, and the book appears as factually rigorous as any of the weightier tomes on the subject. For someone with scant knowledge of the period Vive La Revolution is an education - and not a preachy or dry one, either. It is always enlightening, witty and passionate - and a damn good read.”
--Steve Bennett, Chortle: The UK Comedy Guide