• Supported with great passion and wide-ranging scholarship... Himmelfarb has written a keenly argued and thought-provoking intellectual history of the eighteenth century

    San Francisco Chronicle
  • Exceptionally well written and clever

    Washington Post
  • She writes with a real grace and her effortless prose brings the history of ideas to life

    Sunday Times
  • This stimulating essay makes a convincing case for the unique character and significance of the British Enlightenment

  • An intelligent history... the prose is elegant and the arguments engaging and she weaves her way gracefully and effortlessly across centuries, disciplines and nations


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