“Doig travels through Laos, Malaysia and Thailand, spinning an engaging narrative.” — Financial Times

“An important contribution indeed.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

“Fast-paced... We need more on-the-ground investigations like this.” — Times Literary Supplement

“A clear-eyed and detailed look at how Beijing's new infrastructure push is emerging on the ground in South and Southeast Asia.” — Joshua Kurlantzick, Washington Monthly

“Doig is an engaging writer with a keen eye for the human interest angle and the clever turn of phrase.” — Asian Review of Books

“A richly textured portrait... It’s not easy to find poetry and importance in industrial zones, half-empty malls, and real estate showrooms, but Doig has done just that.” — Greg Lindsay, co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next