Reviews

  • This is the only book on the Crimean War anyone could need. It is lucid, well-written, alive and sensitive. Above all, it tells us why this neglected conflict and its forgotten victims deserve our remembrance

    Oliver Bullough, The Independent
  • This is a heart-rending book ... its importance cannot be overestimated ... This book should be made compulsory reading in Russia today

    Antony Beevor, author of 'Stalingrad'
  • A wonderful subject, on every level, and with Orlando Figes it has found the historian worthy of its width and depth

    Norman Stone, Standpoint
  • Figes is a first class historian... [he] proves an excellent guide to the vagaries of the battlefield, the suffering of the ordinary soldiers and the way in which the war became a crucial part of late-Victorian patriotic mythology, contributing to a new ethos of muscular Christianity

    Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph
  • Orlando Figes ... is back doing what he does best - telling us things about Russia and the world that we did not know, and proving that they are important to our understanding of the world today ... With his deep understanding of Russia and its uncomfortable opposition in the world, Figes elegantly underlines how the cold war of the Soviet era froze over fundamental fault lines that had opened up in the 19th century

    Angus MacQueen, The Observer
  • It is a fine stirring account, expertly balancing analysis with a patchwork of quotation from a wide variety of spectators and participants, together with an impressive narrative across the vast panoramic sweep of the war ... However, the book's true originality lies in its unravelling of the Crimean War's religious origins

    Mark Bostridge, Financial Times
  • Keenly judged, vivid history of a bloody and pointless conflict

    Sunday Times Culture
  • An exhaustively researched, beautifully written book

    Saul David, BBC History
  • One of our most engaging narrative historians, Orlando Figes has produced with his latest book a rollickingly good account of a war that shocked mid-Victorian England ... intelligent and reliable history ... Figes is a stylish and compelling narrator

    Lesley Chamberlain, Literary Review
  • An impressive piece of scholarship ... a concise portrait of the political situation of the time

    Telegraph Books of the Year 2010