• A fast-moving romp through Talleyrand's life, engagingly admiring of its subject and appreciative of his many qualities

    Adam Zamoyski, Sunday Telegraph
  • Marvellous

    Ruth Scurr, Telegraph
  • A brisk and enjoyable extraordinary story

    David A. Bell, London Review of Books
  • Napoleon's Master dwells particularly on Talleyrand's struggle, as a man of peace, to restrain a genius of war. But it is alive also with the world of the Paris salon and the glittering connections of a most sociable diplomat

    The Economist
  • A lucid and readable account of Talleyrand's career

    Robin Buss, Independent

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