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  • A work of supreme intelligence ... No history published this year has been of such resounding importance to contemporary debates. Tombs, who is both fearless and non-partisan, deserves to be rewarded with a life peerage for this book

    Richard Davenport-Hines, Observer
  • Learned, pithy and punchy, with a laudable sense of narrative sweep and a bracing willingness to offer bold judgments, [Tombs's] survey is a tremendous achievement, and deserves to become the standard history for years to come

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
  • Packed with telling detail and told with gentle, sardonic wit ... [a] vast and delightful book

    Ben Macintyre, The Times

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