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  • A monumental new history

    The Times
  • This is a huge and hugely impressive book, mighty in scale as its subject, elegantly written and rigorous in its research

    Daily Telegraph
  • Magnificent...a narrative masterpiece. The settings are exotic, the cast of thousands full of the most eccentric, egotistical, paranoid, swashbuckling players you are likely to meet in any history

    Richard Overy, Sunday Telegraph
  • A provocative, marvellously readable account

    Financial Times
  • Brilliant... A masterpiece of historical narrative. No review can hope to do justice to the depth of Brendon's research, the balance and originality of his conclusions, or the quality and humour of his prose. Our imperial story has been crying out for a top-flight historian who can write. Now it has one

    Literary Review

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