• "Great books never occur out of a desire for greatness, but often out of a possessed persistence in the face of a chosen and immensely difficult task. This is such a book. In it, through it, a century speaks to us – not with the thunderous voice of History, but in the intimate voice of a sequence of confessions."

    John Berger
  • "Magnificent... By telling his own story the author has opened the book to the reader in a remarkable way... It is completely compelling, even to one who has the deepest familiarity with the research and the ideas. That itself is a huge achievement."

    Anne Michaels