Though often remembered as a student revolt, the events of May 1968 in France also saw what was up to that point the largest general strike in history. Singer offers an insightful and compelling account of how the radical student movement lit the powder keg of discontent at the heart of French society, triggering an explosion that sent shockwaves through Europe and beyond.


Singer’s unrivaled eye for detail—both political and anecdotal—delivers a masterpiece of partisan journalism. Prelude to Revolution is a modern classic filled with relevant lessons for a new generation of radicals.


"If Marx had been living in Paris during May 1968, he might have written this book." -- —New Republic

"An intimate and intricate account of the events in Paris by one who knew almost every cobblestone in the Latin Quarter." -- —Michael Foot

"Daniel Singer is the left's most brilliant arsonist. He sets ablaze whole forests of dessicated cliches about 'the end of history' and 'the triumph of the market' in order to light the way forward for the next generation of radical thinkers and activists." -- Mike Davis

Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968

  • Haymarket Books 2013

    New paperback

    434 pages

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