`A terrific book ... the definitive history of this much-maligned state' -- Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
`Exemplary ... an illuminating, profoundly satisfying work of history' -- The New York Times
`The best history of Prussia in any language' -- Sunday Telegraph
`Written with great clarity and vigour ... I was completely hooked' -- Antonia Fraser, Guardian Books of the Year
'...thorough, sensitive and well-written'
-- Justin Cartwright, Spectator Books of the Year