A crisp readable account [Lovell] keeps a sharp plot running, which is a testament to her writing skills . . . Ms. Lovell, a keen observer of contemporary Chinese culture, also traces the "afterlife" of the war, exploring the ways it has been remembered from the 19th century to the present. "The Wall Street Journal"
Excellent . . . Intriguing . . . For those seeking a blow-by-blow account of the conflict, this book will more than satisfy . . . Lovell is no apologist for the English, or their eagerness for war. " The Daily Beast"
An astute, bracing history lesson on a conflict that set off the British notion of yellow peril and Chinese victimhood. . .Lovelloffers extensive analysis of why and how this conflict helped create an entire founding theory of Chinese nationalism "Kirkus Reviews"
"The Opium War" is dramatic, eye-opening history . . . Historian Lovell recounts the war and its aftermath in full detail. " Booklist"
Painstakingly follows the intricate webs of trades, treaties, accusations, and recriminations between the two empires . . . Lovell masterfully condenses into one volume a dense, difficult conflict, the results of which are still can be felt 170 years later. " "Publishers Weekly""