蒂莫西·斯奈德(Timothy Snyder)的這本《紅色王子：哈布斯堡大公的隱秘生活》重新詮釋了在民族認同和現代意識形態逐漸佔據主導的時代背景下，哈布斯堡王朝成員的個人歷史。其聚焦點是威廉·馮·哈布斯堡（Wilhelm Von Habsburg）這個 “紅色王子”。威廉·馮·哈布斯堡是哈布斯堡大公，金羊毛騎士團成員，奧地利軍官，烏克蘭上校，花花公子。另外，本書還講述了他的父親斯蒂芬（Stefan ，1860-1933）和哥哥阿爾佈雷希特（Albrecht ，1888-1951）。
Wilhelm Von Habsburg wore the uniform of the Austrian officer, the court regalia of a Habsburg archduke, the simple suit of a Parisian exile, the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, and, every so often, a dress. He could handle a saber, a pistol, a rudder, or a golf club; he handled women by necessity and men for pleasure. He spoke the Italian of his archduchess mother, the German of his archduke father, the English of his British royal friends, the Polish of the country his father wished to rule, and the Ukrainian of the land Wilhelm wished to rule himself. In this exhilarating narrative history, prize-winning historian Timothy D. Snyder offers an indelible portrait of an aristocrat whose life personifies the wrenching upheavals of the first half of the twentieth century, as the rule of empire gave way to the new politics of nationalism. Coming of age during the First World War, Wilhelm repudiated his family to fight alongside Ukrainian peasants in hopes that he would become their king. When this dream collapsed he became, by turns, an ally of German imperialists, a notorious French lover, an angry Austrian monarchist, a calm opponent of Hitler, and a British spy against Stalin. Played out in Europe's glittering capitals and bloody battlefields, in extravagant ski resorts and dank prison cells, The Red Prince captures an extraordinary moment in the history of Europe, in which the old order of the past was giving way to an undefined future-and in which everything, including identity itself, seemed up for grabs.
蒂莫西·斯奈德（Timothy Snyder，1969—）當今美國傑出的歷史學家之一，現為耶魯大學歷史系教授、維也納人文科學學院終身研究員，主要研究方向為現代東歐史。是美國歷史學會頒發的喬治·路易·比爾獎獲得者，獲獎著作為《民族的重建：波蘭、烏克蘭、立陶宛、白俄羅斯：1569-1999》（ The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999）；還因為《一幅秘密戰爭的素描：一位解放蘇維埃烏克蘭的波蘭藝術家》（Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine）而獲得專業歷史著作獎；《紅色王子》（The Red Prince）被美國烏克蘭研究學會選定為烏克蘭歷史研究領域最佳圖書。另有《黑暗世界：作為歷史和警示的大屠殺》（Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning）等。他的最新著作為《血色大地：希特勒與史達林之間的歐洲》（Bloodlands：Europe Between Hitler and Stalin）。此外，以對話的方式，斯奈德説明他的朋友、著名歷史學家托尼·朱特在彌留之際完成了最後一本書《思慮20世紀》。其著作獲得了包括艾默生人文獎、漢娜·阿倫特獎等在內的12項大獎。此外，他還是《現代歐洲歷史期刊》和《東歐政治和社會》的編委之一，其文章常常見諸《紐約書評》《外交事務》《新共和》《紐約時報》《華爾街日報》等媒體。
"Not often does scholarly history soar and entrap like a fine historical novel, but here it does.... The book's real triumph is how it carries the reader from the gilt and pomp of the nineteenth century; through the dawn of a new century in war, the salacious lives of the high-born royal outcasts in 1930s Paris, and the shadow politics of Nazi Germany; and ultimately to the crushing weigh of Soviet occupation in postwar Eastern Europe. Snyder embeds all of this in a shrewd, sharp framing of the larger history before and during Wilhelm's life, ending with thought-provoking reflections on the links to the present."
Adam Zamoyski, "Spectator""
""Snyder is probably the most intelligent and sensitive historian working on East Central Europe today, and he is eminently fitted for the task of telling this tale. He has unearthed a wealth of unknown material and fascinating detail....A wonderful book, a gripping read full of surprises and memorable vignettes, which fills a gap in our knowledge and provides an accessible introduction to a badly neglected area of European history."
"Deeply researched and beautifully written, "The Red Prince" captures in shimmering colors the death of old Europe and the continent's descent into barbarism. It abounds with a cast of unforgettable characters, from bloodthirsty nationalist strongmen and shady conspirators to alluring demimondaines and debauched nobles. Snyder, an award-winning historian at Yale University, has written a compelling biography as well as a vivid depiction of an era and offers insightful observations on the mutability of personal and national identity."
Mark Mazower, "Guardian"
"There are few historians who possess Timothy Snyder's winning combination of languages, stylish story-telling, and analytic insight; in "The Red Prince," he has produced a gem.... He is a sensitive writer, with a novelist's feel for language."
"A vivid portrait of a vanished world... superb, being both prodigiously researched and elegantly written."