Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
"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.