Reviews

  • Winner of the WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2010 and 2010 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY

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  • An extraordinary study of the affair as a tragic drama that swept up a man, his family and friends, and more widely French society and the French state.

    Robert Gildea, The New York Review of Books
  • A triumph of research and analysis.

    Max McGuinness, The Irish Times
  • Ruth Harris offers us one of the most thorough and eloquent accounts of this turbulent episode.

    Gavin Bowd, Scotland on Sunday
  • With the aid of copious illustrations, helpful chronology and a list of leading characters, [Harris] offers a compelling account of incidents

    Malcolm Cook, BBC History
  • Ruth Harris' minutely detailed examination of the rich mulch from which the Dreyfus case sprouted its fleurs du mal, adds a new level of learning to the affair that defined 20th-century France

    Nigel Jones, Telegraph
  • a highly imaginative, deeply-researched inquiry into the battle over Dreyfus which revels in paradox and complexity.

    Michael Marrus, TLS
  • "Harris is a first-rate narrative historian... What marks Harris's contribution is her formidable research skills, her exceptionally wide general and historical reading, and her always interesting eye for the revealing anecdote or pen portrait."

    Carmen Callil, The Guardian
  • "Scrupulous and well-written... Harris is to be thanked for the care and measure of her sifting and weighing, and for the deep historical perspective that she brings to the undertaking."

    Christopher Hitchens, The Weekly Standard

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