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"Guardian" The vertiginous atmosphere of a tumbling prewar societyat the same time exciting and frighteningis described with atmospheric clarity. The combination of easily worn scholarship, fascinating character studies and fluent story-telling that is often very funny makes this a hugely enjoyable and illuminating book.... A work of narrative history at its best. "The Economist" Impressive and thought-provokingencapsulate[s] complex historical and biographical events pithily and in an illuminating context.... The book brings the fears, enthusiasms and blindspots of the period brilliantly to life. "Globe and Mail" In this enthralling, panoramic sweep of the 15 years preceding the First World War, Blom convincingly argues that it was this decade and a half that truly marked the start of the modern age, with all its grandeur and calamities.... With his impressive synthesis of historical literature, old and recent, and his finely drawn portraits of both emperors and workers, Blom's "Vertigo Years" will surely enlighten and interest another generation of readers in an era far in the past, yet worth understanding all the same. "New York Review of Books" [Blom] brings an appealing energy and curiosity, and occasional humor, to his subject.... [He] has been remarkably successful at synthesizing a wide range of material, creating a panorama of the whole European culture during this frantic time. "New Yorker" Engrossing.... Imaginative.... A multifaceted, panoramic approach animated by vivacious narration of individual stories. "Wall Street Journal" Mr. Blom gives us a picture of a Europe that, in spite of its wealth and sprawling empires, had become profoundly uncertain of itself. "CultureBot" Blom is an amazingly talented writer who seamlessly draws the cultural and philosophical connections between art, science, politics, culture, literature and society as a whole.... Two thumbs WAY UP for "The Vertigo Years." "
Philipp Blom holds a doctorate from Oxford University and is the author of "To Have and To Hold" and "Enlightening the World." He frequently contributes articles to "The Financial Times," "The Independent," and "The Guardian" among others. He lives in Vienna.