Ziegler is an elegant, unfailingly lucid writer
One of the most experienced and versatile biographers of his generation.
Ziegler writes with urbanity and wit but is unflinching in his judgments.
A skillful historian.
Very rewarding, well-written, succinct and full of intelligent judgements.
A fascinating, panoramic overview . . . In prose of crystalline elegance, Ziegler travels chronologically across countries and continents, discussing global events that range from the complex arguments for Home Rule in Ireland in 1921 to the fascist takeover of Madrid in 1939.