As always, I must note that hear I am writing not ex-cathedra. That means not on my topic of study and specialty. Thus all of the following is opinion.
My friend Emir gifted me this new book that came out on the French Revolution. McPhee is a well-known scholar of revolutionary France, mostly known for his work on Robespierre . In this monumental book he essentially provides a new grand narrative of the French Revolution in the 1789-1799 period.