In his rigorous scholarship of textual archaeology and mystical hermeneutics, Harold Roth has given us invaluable insights, the analytical tools and a perspective to examine the religious traditions of not only China, but of the rest of the world as well.
(Franklin J. Woo China Review International
Searching for the origins of things remains a perennial favorite of Western scholars. For millennia, this quest has been at the core of innumerable scholarly projects.... Harold Roth's Original Tao: Inward Training and the Foundations of Taoist Mysticism continues this time-honored investigation, applying it to Taoist mystical writings, in a search for what Roth calls 'the original tao.'
(John A. Tucker Philosophy East & West
Here is a work that does justice to the beauty of this long poem, for so long neglected to the virtually exclusive benefit of Zhuangzi and Laozi.... The reader will find in the quality of the textual edition, in the numerous translation discoveries, and in the willingness to provide maximum coherence to this text, a profound and original effort.
(Romain Graziani T'oung Pao
An estimable achievement by one of the foremost scholars of early Taoism in North America... powerful and original.
(Paul Rakita Goldin Sino-Platonic Papers
Original Tao is an outstanding contribution to the study of early Taoist religion and thought. No one who is interested in these subjects will be able to ignore it.
(Victor Mair, Professor of Chinese Languages and Literature, University of Pennsylvania)