Reviews

  • The best history of Greece around... Beautifully written and packed with insights about the culture and the people. I will be dipping into this book for the rest of my life.

    Victoria Hislop, The Week
  • His new book - judicious, well-researched and commendably up-to-date - deserves to be the standard general history of modern Greece in English for years to come.

    Financial Times
  • Apart from his extraordinary erudition and scholarship, Beaton writes with measured compassion and a refreshingly straightforward style ... A magisterial and user-friendly study.

    Richard Pine, Irish Times
  • Beaton salts the story with fascinating details which consistently surprise ... A scholarly and elegant introduction to this beguiling country. Serious students of history should read it, and no visitor to Greece should leave home without it.

    Sean McMeekin, Literary Review
  • Splendid ... Mr Beaton's biographical conceit keeps the narrative focused, lively and clear ... both gripping and remarkably balanced.

    David Mason, Wall Street Journal
  • This book explores the history, not of a Greece of romantic or philhellenic imagination, but the reality of the country as it has become today. The empathy it evokes for the survival of modern Greek statehood against a recurring pattern of often existential crisis is all the more compelling, subtle and above all human in its many-sidedness. Beaton's account instantly becomes the single most outstanding treatment of its subject and shows us why - as Lord Palmerston expressed it succinctly for his own times - 'Greece' is an emotional word that still matters to contemporary society.

    Professor Robert Holland
  • A wonderfully engaging narrative ... It is a superb achievement and to be recommended to anyone with even the most rudimentary interest

    Professor Kevin Featherstone
  • A perceptive analysis of Greece's financial crisis, the embers of which continue to threaten to derail the single currency project of the EU

    Country Life
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    Literary Review