"Not long from now, archaeologists traversing China's Pearl River delta will stumble onto the ruins of what was once one of man's most glorious civilizations. 'How could this have been allowed to happen?' one will certainly ask. Frank Welsh's 'History of Hong Kong' is the complete answer to that question in our time."
FRED C. SHAPIRO
"There is no account of the colony as comprehensive, detailed and up-to-date as this. It will be an excellent guide for those who wish to follow events up to the British withdrawal in 1997 and afterwards… This is the best survey I have read of the gradual transformation of British rule as its inevitable end came into sight."
MICHAEL FRY, 'Scotland on Sunday'
"Authoritative and absorbing"
NEW STATESMAN & SOCIETY
"Mr Welsh writes with affection, insight and verve … narrative history in the best sense… He has written a book from which I have learned a great deal."
RICHARD TAMES, 'Times Educational Supplement'
"Richly detailed, informative and entertaining."
"The ideal reading matter for anyone embarking upon the long flight to Hong Kong … impressive clarity and a sharp sense of ironic humour… Welsh's book is not merely a history of the tiny island of Hong Kong; it is a vast tapestry that traces the trajectory of the Western colonial adventure in Asia."
JONATHAN KIRSCH, 'Los Angeles Times'
"Anyone who reads it will be the better for this vigorous and convincing account of a unique creation."
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