“King reveals his talent for narrative flow and portraiture in a biography that will thoroughly inveigle history readers.”
“A teeming…personality-rich panorama of the first truly international peace conference.”
“A fascinating tale that shines light on a unique aspect of the relationship between scholarship and nationalism.”
"It would have been more fun to attend the Congress of Vienna than any other political assembly in history. Next best is to immerse yourself in David King’s Vienna 1814, which reads like a novel. A fast-paced page-turner, it has everything: sex, wit, humor, and adventures. But it is an impressively-researched and important story that it tells. There was much frivolousness in the Vienna congress, but it did bring peace to Europe and shape the 19th century; and while the deliberations of the Vienna statesmen took place, the fate of the world hung in the balance."
—David Fromkin, author of Europe’s Last Summer
“Deftly paced and engagingly written.”
“King does a superb job of evoking the bedazzling social scene that served as the backdrop to the Congress of Vienna. This is a worthy contribution to the study of a critical historical event long neglected by historians. It should be in every European history collection.”
—Library Journal, starred review
From the Hardcover edition.