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  • A compulsive page-turner ... a triumph of brilliant storytelling ... an instant classic that is an awesome, remarkable and exuberant achievement

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard
  • Radically alters our assumptions about how Napoleon was beaten

    Andrew Roberts, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
  • (He creates) an historic canvas that is both overwhelming and meticulous ... he inevitably touches the nerve points of modern power politics.

    The Economist
  • A compulsive read. This master storyteller and scholar has written an instant classic that is awesome, remarkable and exuberant.

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Scotsman
  • An essential reference ... the Princess would have approved.

    The Spectator
  • (An) erudite, monumental piece of historial research ... it's a great tale with a clear argument, baked by an impressive array of sources and detail.

    Charles Clover, Financial Times
  • A superbly crafted book

    Alexander M. Martin, TLS
  • A lucid and detailed account

    Geoffrey Hosking, London Review of Books

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