• Scholarship of the highest class ... a truly great book, for after this all other biographies can be cast aside.

    Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph
  • Only a great biography could do justice to such a man. This one does it, magnificently.

    Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph
  • More than just another, bigger, biography ... he has the skill and style to maintain a dramatic narrative over nearly 800 pages of text

    Robert Tombs, Spectator
  • A suitably monumental achievement.

    Lewis Jones, The Times