Reviews

  • This big, lucidly written and fact-filled book admirably achieves its purpose... Anyone who enjoyed Norman Davies's...The Isles will recognise the same qualities in this book: a gift for broad exposition, a marvellous eye for quirky but revelatory details, and, above all, a willingness to question the categories of traditional history, wherever they may come from.

    Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph
  • Absorbing...clear...and persuasive...as even-handed, erudite and enlightening as history can be.

    Herald
  • Microcosm tells the story of the city across the centuries. While not neglecting ethnic hatred and folly, the book is a hymn to diversity and cultural achievement.

    Economist
  • The city is fortunate to have found such chroniclers as Davies and Roger Moorhouse.

    Sunday Times

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