RaveThe Wall Street JournalAssigning such importance to place is a characteristic move for Mr. Nicolson, an elegant and erudite British writer ... He has set himself a difficult task ... Winning enthusiasm ... Teaches many lessons, but most of all that we should savor the strange and stimulating legacy of this lesser-known era.
PositiveThe Wall Street JournalLively ... Mr. Goldfarb goes into the field with a number of practitioners, whom he captures in wry strokes punctuated by excellent quotations ... Perceptive ... Well-paced and vivid, an engaging account of a potentially dull subject, but it is sprinkled with strained flourishes ... Sensible.
PositiveThe Wall Street JournalHighly enjoyable ... An impressively full portrait of an erratic subject, even if the text can feel slightly unpruned.