• "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