• "Li is Mao's Boswell"

    Irish Times
  • "A unique political and historical autobiography of inestimable worth, an astounding chronicle of human weakness, political intrigue and corruption and the near destruction of a great nation by a great ego"

    Martin Booth
  • "One of the most vivid descriptions of a dictator ever written"

    The Times
  • "A classic . . . I see Dr. Li as the Tacitus of modern China"

    Hugh Trevor-Roper