"A full biography of a... western military dreamer with grand designs for China." Diplomat & International Canada"
"An extraordinary contribution to the history of American-Chinese relations and the book belongs to libraries worldwide."Center for Research of Geopolitics"
"This book is probably as thorough a recounting of Lea's life as there will ever be." Journal of America's Military Past"
"His documentation is thorough, and he supplements the text with unique and supporting color plates from both family and personal collections." Military Review"
"An interesting, sometimes, amusing read, Homer Lea is particularly valuable in reminding us that clandestine international political networks and military organizations are not new developments." NYMAS"
"Now largely forgotten, Homer Lea, from the late 1890s until his death in 1912 at a few days short of age 36, played a significant role in China's access to the highest political circles on three continents and responsibility for recruiting and training some 2,000 young Chinese-American men to serve as officers for the cause." New York Military Affairs Symposium Review"
"Kaplan has undertaken a difficult task, well accomplished, in reconstructing a biography of a figure who was controversial while living and continued to be after his death. This book will be of value to those whose interests are in the areas of Sino-American relations, American adventurers, or the events leading to the Pacific War." Journal of Military History