Dr. Lynch succeeds where many works many times the length fail. He compresses with care and erudition the history of the world's most populous and most perplexing nation. As an introduction to twentieth century Chinese history this book is difficult to match. All those seeking to understand the potential rise of the PRC in the next century should start with this assessment of its role in this.
I am not doing any of the exams this textbook is designed for but an independent coursework on the period. I found it to be a great reference guide for when important events happened and what happened their in layman's terms.