Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2013, Commended, Mr Selden's Map of China.
An engagingly written, insightful look into just how fluid perceptions and realities have been in both the past and the present.
The definitive study of the singular Selden Map...The scholar will appreciate the level of detail, breadth of analysis, and ingenuity in Brook's ability to expound such a wealth of history from a single document.
- Publisher's Weekly
A work of exuberant scholarship...An infectious, satisfying exercise in intellectual doggedness.
Brook's story is sprinkled with passages and general insights that are a delight to someone who appreciates language, and that serve to elevate the book from being overly technical and narrow. The story is peppered with amusing observations on human nature that bring it alive...
- Literary Review of Canada
Brook is learned and lucid and...he writes with a verve rare in academic historians.
- Winnipeg Free Press
...Brook is a true practitioner of the broad, rich and currently endangered concept of the humanities.
- Globe and Mail
Brook offers many fascinating characters...
- Toronto Star