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  • A fantastic, sweeping history of the 1930s… Brendon is a superb writer, taking an exceptionally complex, dense topic and building a compelling narrative.

    John Stepek, Money Week
  • The best history book I've read since Orlando Figes' A People's Tragedy... Wonderful and enthralling

    Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph
  • Brilliant, cinematic, utterly illuminating... No other historical account I know can rival this... Masterly

    Valentine Cunningham, Financial Times
  • A delight to read, a literary triumph sparkling with moments of real humour and compassion

    Richard Overy, Sunday Telegraph
  • Piers Brendon's long book has such brilliance and narrative power, and contains so much fascinating detail, that reading it has all the excitement of novel

    John Grigg, Evening Standard

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