‘“A richly readable new biography…enthralling.”   

The Mail on Sunday: Francis Wheen  

"Excellent, original and compelling portrait of Lenin as man and leader."

Simon Sebag Montefiore

“A must-have account. Sebestyen's brilliantly written narrative unfolds in brief, gripping episodes.”


“Sebestyen's strength is his sharp focus and racy prose... Here is history written like a Greek tragedy... In Revolution 1989 nothing is taken for granted until the last triumphant page. ”

The Times

“A small masterpiece that should be read and treasured by all who value mankind’s eternal quest for freedom.”

New York Post

“A magisterial but totally gripping and fresh account of the noble, violent, and doomed Hungarian revolution.”

Simon Sebag Montefiore
1946: The Making of the Modern World

“This is an exceptionally involving and horrifying book.”

The Spectator: Sam Leith