The French Revolution is the first of the world’s successful revolts to go horribly wrong. What started as a noble exercise in defining the rights of man devolved into a murderous series of riots, slaughters, and bloodlettings. What started as a simple bankruptcy proceeding lapsed into a lawyer-controlled mess where it was cheaper to buy a newspaper than it was to buy a loaf of bread. It would awake the dark heart in politicians the world over who would end up leading their states down the same path.