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The Terra Cotta Army

China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation

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The Terra Cotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made. Over seven thousand life-size figures of warriors and horses were interred in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China—and each figure was individually carved.
Weaving together history and a first-hand account of his experiences in China, John Man tells the fascinating story of how and why these astonishing figures were created in the third century BC, and how they have become a symbol of China’s history, culture, and society.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 2008 – In 1974, two farmers digging a well stumbled on part of the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin. Often called the Eighth Wonder of the World, the tomb contained an army of over 6,000 terra-cotta figures, some kneeling, others standing and many carrying weapons. In a plodding and erratic book, historian Man (Genghis Khan) recounts the tomb's discovery and what it reveals about Qin's life. In an attempt to understand the techniques and materials used in the statues, Man visits reproduction factories and talks with artists. Repeating uncritically the same legends that Frances Wood dispels in China's First Emperor, Man fails to provide real depth or to offer any new insights.

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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Asia
  • Published: Mar 05, 2009
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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