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  • A great achievement ... There could hardly be a more judicious guide to this bloody terrain ... a stark lesson in man's capacity for evil

    Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times
  • A triumph ... one of a tiny handful of historians whose books will still be read in 100 years

    Laurence Rees, The Mail on Sunday
  • Chilling epic-size history ... should be required reading

    Harold Evans, The New York Times
  • The story of how the Old World plunged toward hell for 30 years ... There is no man better qualified than Kershaw to take us through the dark valleys of the world wars and the two sombre intervening decades ... fair-minded, deeply researched and highly readable

    Brendan Simms, Wall Street Journal
  • We are in the hands of a master historian

    Nigel Jones, Spectator
  • Few authors would have the ability, and perhaps the determination, to take on the history of both world wars and the connecting decades at this level of sophistication, depth and breadth

    Robert Tombs, The Times
  • Authoritative

    Nicholas Shakespeare, Telegraph
  • Kershaw leads his readers through this complex history in a clear and compelling manner

    Joanna Bourke, Prospect

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