This is pretty good, but it's not up to the very high standard she has set with her other books. There are the usual great quotes and the usual penetrating, transcendent insights. However, she focuses far too much on England and France and she is in no way consistent with her use of English and French (and Italian sometimes) for titles. The latter is nitpicking but I couldn't get over it. It made it hard to keep track of who was who. Otherwise, it's well worth your time. If anyone thinks that the 20th century had a monopoly on tragedy, they should read this book. It just goes to show you, things don't get worse or better, they just differ.