"For anyone wanting to understand the history of ideas, this book will be indispensable."
—John Gray, The New York Times Book Review
"[A] contemporary master . . . profoundly moving and human . . . [This is] the true Berlinian voice—vehement and humane."—Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times
"He may be erudite, but he is not academic. He addresses his essays to the general reader, and he speaks with such infectious energy that he sweeps us up and carries up with him into territory that had seemed inaccessible. He becomes everyman's guide to everything exciting in the history of ideas."—Robert Darnton, The New York Review of Books
"If it were possible to add to a reputation already so considerable, these essays would do it . . . [They are the works of] urbanity, insight, profound scholarship and writerly elegance."—A.C. Grayling, Financial Times