Certainly gives some insight into Confucian philosophy, it's not meant to be a philosophy textbook so the populist tone and writing style don't really matter as long as you're not expecting an academic analysis. Liked the idea of the junzi, it's yet another older version of the common aspiration of that happy, balanced person who inhabits so much of the self help literature. Was less comfortable with the book's innate social conservatism (with a small c), in places it reads like a paean to an older lost order. There was a song by a punk band called Stiff Little Fingers (forgotten which) which featured the lyric "Just be good and know your station", which is pretty much the message here. Not sure that's real wisdom.