In my own library I have at hand five books on Beethoven (1–5), including Thayer’s famous classic, and there are many, many more available. The book under review here, beside being much more up-to-date, combines many of these books by integrating the biography of Beethoven with an overview of all his major works. It is superbly written, readable, and very attractive, but the reader must be warned that most of the book is taken up by musical analysis rather than biographical details. As such the book is a valuable addition to the Beethoven literature. Lewis Lockwood, Fanny Peabody Research Professor of Music at Harvard University, is a world-renowned Beethoven scholar who has written extensively on Beethoven. He writes authoritatively and convincingly.