.. . 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 velty 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. --MonatshefteAmong both admirers and detractors, perhaps 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.