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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Simon Schama1990

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2018-02-19

Franklin

"He seized the lightning from Heaven and the scepter from the Tyrants." wrote the French statesman Turgot. That the Tyrant was enemy England, and electricity and Rousseau's idea of a simple natural man were the ultimate cool in France during Franklin's ambassadorship made the farmer in his "ostentatiously unostentatious" brown jacket a celebrity to eclipse the King in what, of course, might be regarded as foreshadowing.