"I don't know of anything quite comparable to this mix of history past and present, politics and personal adventure. And it's all done with a remarkable courage and storytelling skill that Mark Twain, another passionate anti-imperialist, would surely have admired." -- JUSTIN KAPLAN, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner for Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain and the American Book Award for Walt Whitman: A Life
"Convincing, moving, and exciting, too. It reads like an adventure story in the highest sense; it also has the currency of truth and built-in political significance, transcending history, touching on contemporary American-Philippine relations. It's an unusual, quirky, wonderful book." -- TIM O'BRIEN, National Book Award winner for Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried
"Speaks truth to power." -- SEN. EDWARD M. KENNEDY, award citation, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award (hon. men.), 1985
"I wish you the best of luck with Sitting in Darkness."-- CORAZON AQUINO, President of the Republic of the Philippines
"Sitting in Darkness is not only a triumph of literary and moral force -- it is a splendid example of the writer's personal courage as well. Stepping outside this video-saturated culture, in which so many writers seem numbed to history or contemptuous of it, David Bain physically reentered history, confronting the treacherous Philippine coast of Luzon as his protagonist Frederick Funston confronted it nearly a century ago. Few writers have ever honored their subject so gallantly." -- RON POWERS, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist; author, Mark Twain: A Life; co-author, Flags of Our Fathers.
"Meticulously researched...Mr. Bain is more than a solid historian; he is also a good writer...a great yarn, skillfully told." -- Steve Lohr, New York Times Book Review
"One of the year's ten most notable books...perhaps the sleeper of the year." -- Beaufort Cranford, Detroit News