• Revelatory and instructive… [a] beautifully written and accessible book

    The Times
  • There is not a dull sentence in this scintillating and wry account of the global impact of Maoism

    Evening Standard, *Book of the Week*
  • Wonderful

    New Statesman
  • An exciting, alternative history of the 20th century that deviates from the well-rehearsed narrative that relays between Washington and Moscow

    Financial Times
  • Lovell takes us on an exhilarating journey, tracing the spread of Maoist theories across South-east Asia and then Africa, ending up in today’s China… The historical sweep of this book is impressive

    Literary Review
  • Lovell has produced a work which may well be the most harrowing, fascinating and occasionally hilarious book on the subject thus far

    Scotland on Sunday
  • Lovell is an accomplished storyteller with a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of China’s relationship with itself and the world

  • Lovell has a gift for compressing long and convoluted histories via just the right stories, characters, moments, and statistics… In vivid, often grim detail, Lovell shows us how and why Maoism has proven better, both inside and outside China, at attacking state infrastructure than building it up

    Daily Telegraph
  • Lovell breaks new ground and does so in a wonderfully well-written account packed with horrors, extraordinary characters and occasionally macabre humour

  • Lovells’s descriptions of…global strands of Maoism are well-researched and colourful


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