• "A great thumping triumph of a book."

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Enjoyable and perceptive study ... Rounding has read widely, and writes punctilious, professional history with a no-nonsense style and a respectful relish for the details that make the past come alive."

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, Sunday Telegraph
  • "Rounding writes with enviable lucidity, and gives us the most accessible and enjoyable portrait yet."

    Daily Mail
  • "Written with vigour and intelligence enough to do justice to its prodigious subject."

    Sunday Times
  • "Rounding shows that ... the reality is far more interesting than any of the fictions."

    Scotland on Sunday