A book which is, and will long remain, the standard authority on the subject...I doubt if there is anything in any European language which covers the ground so comprehensively and so satisfactorily.
[Wedgwood] tells a story supremely well....she is by far the best narrative historian writing in the English language. She is a superb stylist, her eye for colorful detail is unerring, and she has an unrivaled capacity for catching the signs and sounds and smells of the past.
– Lawrence Stone
God, I love this book. It's the history of an utterly depressing war with no real nobility that ultimately descends into cannibalism. Right up my alley." –Ta-Nehisi Coates, My 10 Favorite Books, T: New York Times Style Magazine
The greatest narrative historian of the twentieth century, Wedgwood told complex stories in precise, human terms. The formal perfection and clarity of her prose often recall the work of one of her heroes, Edward Gibbon. Yet she contemplated and described in rapid, vivid detail scenes of past and present horror that would have robbed even the unflappable historian of the Roman Empire of his marmoreal calm. The Thirty Years War
shows her at her epic best.
– From the introduction by Anthony Grafton
This is a masterful narrative, written by one of the great exponents of that all-too-rare skill. Threading her way through one of the most complex and fraught eras of European history, Wedgwood gives all who have followed her an object lesson in clarity and readability that has not been surpassed.
– Theodore K. Rabb, Princeton University