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George Washington’s False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century
Robert Darnton (au)
George Washington was inaugurated as president in 1789 with one tooth in his mouth. He had sets of false teeth that were made of everything but wood, from elephant ivory & walrus tusk to the teeth of a fellow human being. Shows that the Enlightenment had false teeth too. In restoring the Enlightenment to human scale, Darnton locates its real significance as a movement, a campaign to change minds & reform institutions. So too with the French Revolution, another icon of the 18th century: Darnton explores its origins through the gossip, songs, & broadsides that formed the political nervous system of Paris in the Old Regime. Figures whom we think we know -- Voltaire, Franklin, Jefferson, Rousseau, Condorcet -- emerge here afresh. Illustrations.
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