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"Almost impossible to put down...A punchy and riveting narrative."—R.J.W. Evans, New York Review of Books
"Gripping and well-researched...In prose of admirable clarity, [McMeekin] relates the enormously complex events of that fateful summer."—National Review
"Lucid, convincing and full of rich detail, the book is a triumph of the narrative method and a vivid demonstration that chronology is the logic of history."—Independent (London)
"A fascinating and original study of the opening stages of World War I."—Philadelphia Inquirer
"A work of meticulous scholarship...Irresistible."—Sunday Times (London)