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by Sima Qian

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Historical records recreate the Qin dynasty of Ancient China. We know Qin Shi Huang by his magnificent tomb with thousands of life-sized, each unique, soldier statues. This book takes disparate sources to create the impression of a ruthless, brave, intelligent and amoral man who wanted to maintain power even after death. ( )
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"The following year Qin unified all under Heaven and the title of August Emperor was immediately adopted."

The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the Grand Historiographer and the most famous Chinese historian. He describes the Emperor's birth and the assassination attempt on his life, as well as the political and often brutal events that led to the founding of the dynasty and its aftermath. Sima Qian recounts the building of the Great Wall, the "burning of the books", and the construction of the First Emperor's magnificent tomb, a tomb now world famous since the discovery of the terracotta warriors in 1974. Sima Qian's love of anecdote ensures that his history is never dull, and Raymond Dawson's fluent translation captures his lively and vivid style.

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