"As exciting and suspenseful as a spy novel, Andrew Nagorski’s masterful narrative reveals how an eclectic group of Sigmund Freud’s friends, ranging from an American ambassador to a French-born princess, came together to do the seemingly impossible: engineer his rescue from Nazi-controlled Austria as the Gestapo were closing in. Their successful efforts underscore how powerful love, loyalty, and friendship can be, even in the midst of overwhelming evil."
—Lynne Olson, author of Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler
"An intimate, touching portrait of a genius as an old man. Ill, myopic, in denial and terribly vulnerable, this Freud is more human than any I've encountered before. Andrew Nagorski has an artist's eye for revealing detail and a novelist's ability to bring to life a long-lost world and its myriad denizens."
—Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind
“Andrew Nagorski has written a gripping masterpiece about one of the greatest figures in history, whose insights about human beings as 'savage beasts' could not be more timely.”
—Professor Brett Kahr, Honorary Director of Research, Freud Museum London, and author of Freud’s Pandemics: Surviving Global War, Spanish Flu, and the Nazis
"Part engrossing biography of the father of psychoanalysis, part vivid group portrait of the circle of notables who rescued Freud from the Nazis, Saving Freud pulses with urgent life. Nagorski captures the power of self-delusion and denial even among the most brilliant minds. This is also an all too relevant portrait of the speed with which a refined, hyper-civilized society can unravel."
—Kati Marton, author of The Chancellor: the Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel
"With his characteristic clarity and meticulous research, Nagorski has once again produced a masterful work. Saving Freud is a page-turner, mixing biography and escape narrative, with a powerful reminder that historians need to pay attention not just to words, but to relationships."
—Rebecca Erbelding, historian and author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe
"I am a longtime fan of Andrew Nagorski’s work, and his phenomenal talent for personalizing history, allowing the reader to witness events through the eyes of those who lived them. Saving Freud is one of his finest—a spectacularly engaging and entertaining account of an incredible rescue. Do not miss this one."
—Seth MacFarlane, executive producer, Family Guy and The Orville
"Nagorski delivers a riveting page-turner. . . . A fine biography of Freud. . . . Excellent."
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Sigmund Freud’s vibrant life in Vienna and narrow escape from the Gestapo are recounted in this entertaining history. . . . An invigorating look at a lesser-known chapter of Freud’s well-documented life.”
– Publishers Weekly
"Highly exciting and no less historically ambitious for it; John le Carré meets Ian Kershaw."
—Emma Szewczak, author of The Offset