• Riotous and engrossing

  • Snyder's portrait of the Hapsburgs in all their eccentricity is a delight...Snyder is exceptional in bringing not only a vast expertise to the subject, but also an elegant style and a gift for narrative

    Sunday Times
  • As a vivid portrait of a vanished world the book is superb, being both prodigiously researched and elegantly written

    Daily Telegraph
  • He is one of this country's most talented and innovative historians of Central and Eastern Europe... I hugely admired The Reconstruction of Nations and eagerly look forward to The Red Prince

    Niall Ferguson
  • Snyder's biography brilliantly baits his readers with a glittering subject

    The Times, Books of the Year

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