Introduction - The Phantom and the Historians
1. The Early Years
2. 1765-1789 - The Physician and the Physicist
3. January 1789-June 1791 - From the Estates General to the King's Flight
4. July 1791-September 1792 - From the Champs de Mars Massacre to the September Massacres
5. September 1792-July 1793 - From the Convention Elections to the Assassination
Conclusion - From the Cult of Marat to the Legende Noire and Beyond
Clifford D. Conner is on the faculty of the School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he teaches history. He has written biographies of two eighteenth-century Irish revolutionaries, Colonel Despard (2000) and Arthur O'Connor (2009). He is also the author of the acclaimed A People's History of Science (2005) and is on the editorial board of The International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest.
'A fresh, welcome look at one of the most complex and fascinating
figures of the French Revolution' -- Adam Hochschild, author of
King Leopold's Ghost (1999) and Bury the Chains (2006)
'A gripping introduction to the life of Marat and his role in the French Revolution' -- Richard Sheldon, Lecturer in Social and Economic History, University of Bristol
'Clears away the cobwebs and prejudices and then reveals why we should love and admire this egalitarian revolutionary' -- Lynne Stewart, lawyer
'This biography, written in an accessible and lively style, presents an activist and journalist from the French Revolution, and rescues him from myths and slanders' -- Ian Birchall, author of The Spectre of Babeuf (1997).
'Cliff Conner's gracefully written and wisely observed biography of Jean Paul Marat tells the truth about this much maligned doctor and hero of the French revolution' -- Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith, human rights attorneys and authors of Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away With Murder. Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights.