"If history could be taught in the schools the way Berton writes about it, there wouldn’t be a more popular subject on the curriculum."
—The Globe and Mail
"Berton has the storyteller’s gift, the novelist’s insight, the journalist’s easy style and the historian’s sense of time…He writes history as it should be written."
"With the vividness of eyewitness reporting, Berton brings us the heroes and heroines of this ‘bloody and senseless’ conflict, as well as the cowards, the incompetents, and the eccentrics."
"Berton’s style is bold, alive and engrossing. We smell the powder, look with horror on ravaged bodies and share the tragedy of those victimized by the conflict."