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"[An] eminently readable tome full of splendid anecdotal detail. Mr. Blom's ability to convey a mood and to synthesize complex issues, is admirable.... Anyone reading this book today in the context of our own culture of doubt will feel an immediate affinity to the anxious and even desperate celebration of life that it portrays."—Wall Street Journal
"Blom's technique is to blend transformative moments with biographical vignettes, sometimes of offbeat personalities. Experts on specific episodes can be sought out elsewhere. For the general reader, Blom delivers an orderly sense of the maelstrom of incidents and ideas with panache."—Financial Times
"A fluent, often entertaining account of the period."—New York Times
"[A] lucid appraisal of Western cultures between the wars"—New Yorker
"Compelling.... Like other good popular histories, Fracture will make the uninitiated think, and the initiated think twice."—Literary Review (UK)