"Professor Li belongs to an indispensable and distinct group of scholars that has emerged in the post-Mao period….Their contribution to our understanding of the PLA, a force that will require our increasing attention, cannot be ignored." On track"
"Li does an credible job of walking the fine line of the elaborate charade of the creation of an "independent" modern developmental state."The China Journal"
"The book is very well researched and is a valuable addition to the growing literature on the PLA that will appeal to both specialists and general readers."The China Quarterly"
"Although there are many fine books on specific aspects of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), there is a real need for a more general work surveying the Chinese military. Li Xiaobang, professor history at the University of Central Oklahoma and himself a PLA veteran, has produced such a volume." J.T. Dreyer, Department of Political Science, University of Miami"
"This well-written, broad overview of Chinese modern military history provides an interesting and useful approach to understanding the domestic and geopolitical forces that have shaped China's military forces." China Review International"