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Spence's exhaustively researched story is clearly one of the best books of Chinese history written in the last 20 years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Justin W Knapp
One of my favorite books! I've always enjoyed Spence's writing, and the period this cover and the historical figures discussed are intriguing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bacchus
I fascinating inside view of a mid19th century revolutionary movement in China that prefigured both the Russian and Chinese revolutions.Published 7 months ago by easyrider
Spence does an excellent job of setting the stage and tone of 19th century China. The context he gives to Hong Xiuquan's beliefs and decisions is insightful and informative. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Reader
This book covers a period in 19th century China that is seldom taught in world history classes. It explains a lot about why the Manchu empire collapsed, about colonialism, about... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It was a good book after I got over the fact that it's not an Asian cover of Nas' album, God's Son.Published on February 7, 2013 by Derek Li
I think Dr. Spence did a great job with this book. Dr. Spence's other works are great and I think this one is no exception. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Ming
First of all, I have to say that this book is superb -- very well written, full of good illustrations. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Geoff Puterbaugh
It must have occurred to Jonathan Spence that the Taiping Rebellion played out like a great novel, and I raced to finish his gripping account of it despite knowing the ending. Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by chunyukuo