• "An outstanding study of a three-century love-hate relationship... hugely readable"

    Andrew Roberts, Sunday Times
  • "Epic, instructive and engaging"

  • "An intellectual feast"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Deftly written and meticulously researched... packed with detail and anecdote"

    John Thornhill, Financial Times
  • "Well-written and thoroughly researched... There is as good an account as you could want of the rivalry in the 18th century...and of the Napoleonic wars that took the story into the 19th... A satisfying and intelligent book, packed with information and provoking in its assertions and conclusions"

    Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph