"Reinhard Bendix's work is the most complete introduction to Weber's thinking available in English . . . Bendix devotes most of his book to an exposition of Weber's substantive writings, omitting only a few studies. . . .Bendix is as fair and accurate in his exposition of Weber's work as one can ever expect, and he leads us with a keen sense of the essentials through Weber's voluminous scholarship."
--Political Science Quarterly
"Where others have restricted themselves to brief interpretation or analysis of specific aspects of Weber's work, Bendix has attempted the full scale study that has long been needed. As such, it unquestionably fulfills the minimum requirements. It is admirably clear, well organized, inclusive and based on long and conscientious research. For the student who wants an introductory guide to Weber, it will be a godsend, providing as it does the overall structure that the theoretician himself did not live to complete."
--American Historical Review
"Anyone who is aware of the scope and intricacy of Weber's work will recognize the magnitude of the task that Professor Bendix took upon himself and applaud the manner in which he has accomplished it."