'The great merit of Thomas Kohut's study lies in the fact that he does not approach his subject as an amateur psychologist. He has immersed himself in the relevant literature with the aim of producing a "history informed by psychoanalysis". Nor is he dogmatic about his approach and opts for a range of theories. His pluralistic approach enables the author to interpret the available sources on Wilhelm's birth defect and his upbringing as a royal prince plausibly
Times Higher Education Supplement `Thomas A. Kohut's attempt at a psychobiography of Wilhelm II is the most convincing yet ... Kohut argues his thesis with insight, sophistication and a wealth of detail culled from a wide reading of primary sources. This is psychobiography at its best ... it is an intelligent and perceptive study, and one which no student of the period can afford to ignore.'
Times Literary Supplement `a welcome addition ... His study is informed by psychoanalytic theory, especially "self-psychology", but is free of jargon and questionable thought-trains ... Kohut successfully shows how and how much William influenced and reflected his countrymen's aspirations and animosities'