"Biography in the grand tradition. . . . The story is riveting, the main character a hero, and the author a gifted storyteller with an impressive command of his subject." --"The Washington Post Book World"
"Excellent with dazzling mastery of detail and literary flair . . . One of the great love stories of history in a league with Napoleon and Josephine and Antony and Cleopatra." -"The Economist"
"Montefiore conveys [Russian] history with vivid detail and narrative momentum. . . . He captures the genius of two extraordinary Enlightenment figures-and of the age as well." -"The Wall Street Journal
"Meticulously researched . . . absorbing . . . Monumental, densely detailed and . . . dizzily panoramic." "-The New York Times Book Review"
"Invigorating . . . lively . . . Potemkin led a life full of drama, flair and intrigue. . . . A grand, epochal yarn of a life." -"Chicago Tribune
""Colorful figures cross the pages of this flamboyant biography. . . . A rollicking tale, balanced in treatment of its controversial characters." -"Boston Globe
"Superb. . . sumptuous. . . . Montefiore has a journalist's instinct for getting behind the official version of events." "-- Daily Telegraph "(London)
"A wonderful story, and Sebag Montefiore tells it with joyful verve. . . . The material is so enjoyable, and it is related with evident pleasure and enthusiasm." -"The Times "(London)
"A good, racy historical read. . . . The amazing story of Catherine the Great's lover, then favorite, then secret husband, then chief advisor in ruling Russia, might seem the stuff of fiction; fortunately Sebag Montefiore's researches have been so evidently extensive that this is clearly not the case." -Antonia Fraser, author of The Wives of Henry VIII
"With great industry and huge enthusiasm [Montefiore] has combed the archives to give us a detailed account of a gigantic . . . figure." -" Sunday Express" (London)
"[Montefiore's] fascination shines through every page of this book. . . It could easily have been double the length, so enjoyable is it to read." -"Sunday Telegraph "(London)
"Effortlessly readable and compelling. This is history as it should be written." -"The Sunday Herald"
"A wonderful book . . . as magnificent as its subject. . . . Captures the iridescent spirit of Russia's greatest adventurer." -Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana"
""This splendid biography, as sprawling, magnificent and exotic as its subject, provides for the first time in English a fully researched, accurate, and immensely readable history of this extraordinary man." -"Literary Review"
"A passionate, but scholarly, defense of one of the greatest creative figures in Russian history." -"Evening Standard" (London)
"Exhaustive and beautifully written. . . . A magnificent biography . . . which is as industrious and exuberant as the man himself." -"The Daily Mail "(London)
"Montefiore's enthusiasm and knowledge make this much more than just an engaging biography, it is a headlong gallop of a read."-Anthony Beevor, author of Stalingrad"