Joseph Fouché is a romanticized biography of the prominent French political figure Joseph Fouché, who became influential after the Great French Revolution. Holding the position of Minister of Police, he created a system of political surveillance and espionage. Despite his spiritual upbringing, Fouché mocked religion. He stuck to this pattern of behavior in a number of matters. Under a different regime, he would change his views to match it. There are plenty of vivid facts and events in Zweig's book, that is why it will be attractive to all lovers of proper historical novels.