• 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

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