Reviews

  • Powerful, astute and readable ... meticulously researched in contemporary English-language records and journals, and written with flair and feeling, its rhetoric eschews rant and is never misplaced

    John Keay, Literary Review
  • Compellingly erudite and clear-sighted history

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
  • At every airport bookshop, the business traveller is offered shelves of volumes that purport to tell us how an emerging, powerful China will deal with the world, and how the rest of us should make the most of the commercial opportunities opened up by its rise. Those who wish to understand these issues more closely might be better advised to read this fair and fascinating account

    Chris Patten, Financial Times