As well as, of course, Otto Von Bismarck.
Entertaining to a fault, Taylor's book is more of a history book with a very Bismarck and German slant then a strict autobiography.
Summing up,Bismarck is a pre-requisite to understand European politics and history as well as great lessons in practical politics.
This book helped me understand Bismark and Prussia, but the authors negative attitude towards Bismark was prejudiced. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve Chilcote
Few historians are as adept with the printed word as A.J.P.Taylor. Any book by Taylor is worthwhile in that exposure to the events coupled with his wit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard P. Deranian
Well-written if superficial life. Not enough background and color. Should have contained more explanation and short biographies of personalities.Published 5 months ago by Gerald
This was our monthly selection for our library non-fiction book group. The author is clearly brilliant and writes well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by L. M. Keefer
Very disappointing. This book is great if you already know the story and know your European history inside out, but don't buy it if you want to learn about Bismarck from scratch. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eamonn Gormley
As previous reviewers have noted, this biography presumes a rather wide-ranging previous knowledge of both European and German history, including various specifics of Bismarck's... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joel Dietz
The preconception I had prior to undertaking this thoughtful and challenging biography was of Bismarck as being a precursor of the Fascist regimes that followed. Read morePublished 17 months ago by David Evan Glasser
We picked this book for our book club after reading Barbara Tuchman's Proud Tower and August 1914. We thought we had a decent layman's understanding of European history. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Richard
I have long been fascinated by Otto von Bismarck, the architect of Germany's Unification, and its Iron Chancellor. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Omer Belsky