• "Fascinating, informative, sometimes exhilarating, often painful, and quite impossible to summarise... This is a splendidly panoramic picture of our common European home, a book to read through and then to dip into frequently... I thoroughly recommend his book"

    Allan Massie, Literary Review
  • "A broader travelling history of the whole of Europe's 20th century"

  • "His genius as a historian is his instinct for human stories... At moments in this monumental work... Mak is the history teacher everyone should have had"

    Financial Times
  • "Part masterpiece... breathtaking invention"

    Jan Morris, The Times
  • "An ingenious geographical-chronological structure... It's impossible not to get drawn into this book -"

    Sunday Telegraph