About the Author
Patrice Higonnet was born in Paris in 1938. He was educated in American, French, and English universities and is currently the Goelet Professor of History at Harvard University. He has written books on the compared history of the French and the American Revolutions, and on French history and culture, most recently Paris: Capital of the World(Harvard University Press, 2005). He has also had numerous articles published in renowned academic journals, as well as reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review.