..". a richly textured intellectual biography... " -- History
..". well worth reading and pondering by all who are concerned with the fate of humankind in capitalist civilization." -- Socialism and Democracy
..". an extraordinary book. Although intellectually challenging, it is well worth the effort to read." -- New York City Tribune
..". insightful and richly documented... " -- Review of Politics
"The novelty and value of this book lie in Bergmann's painstaking examination of Nietzsche's reactions to and interaction with the political events and currents of his time." -- American Historical Review
..". superb... " -- The Historian
..". historian Bergmann has given the basic Nietzsche library a major addition... it is a reading of Nietzsche's early life, educational influences and later career by a scholar intent on recording the interaction of the philosopher with the political events of his own time." -- Monatshefte
Among both admirers and detractors, perhaps no issue has remained as hotly contested as Nietzsche's actual relationship to politics. Peter Bergmann's fine intellectual biography provides the first down-to-earth appraisal of Nietzsche's place among the individuals, events, and concerns of the Bismarckian age.