-D. Pesta, University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, Choice
"Shakespeare and Tolerance makes an important intervention in an area of Shakespearian scholarship that should benefit from its freshness of approach; it can be recommended to anyone entering the stormy waters of Shakespeare and cultural difference. More generally, such is the quality of the book's close-reading that it will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Shakespeare: Sokol is wonderfully attentive to the dynamics of character, and Shakespeare and Tolerance is studded with new and illuminating readings of familiar passages. But the study is perhaps welcome above all for its rare optimism: while acknowledging how 'Shakespeare's plays often represent robust expressions of friction arising from human differences', it insists that 'such expressions sometimes in the end lead not only to peaceful coexistence, but also to an enlarged and more flexible sense of the humanity of others' (p. xiv). Personal and deeply felt, Shakespeare and Tolerance is,like many of the processes it describes and analyses, 'wholly human'."
-Modern Language Review