• "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"