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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (30 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144418704X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444187045
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of emperors and empresses, statesmen and warriors, foreign visitors and outcast rebels. His works have been translated into over a dozen languages, including French, Spanish, Korean and Dutch, and he achieved a rare distinction when his book on the First Emperor of China was itself published in Chinese.

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Jonathan Clements is well known for his biographies of figures from Chinese history, including Chairman Mao, Confucius, Empress Wu, Khubilai Khan and Marco Polo, as well as a highly regarded history of Beijing. His biography of the First Emperor was itself published in Chinese. His most recent book is a new translation of Sun Tzu's Art of War.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Lau on 11 Feb. 2014
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Despite how small and short this book is it provides great coverage of the key events in modern Chinese history - and in more than superficial detail. The subject matters are necessarily broad, but all are dealt with with a sense of authority. The book title may be publishing hyperbole, but it's not far off the truth. An excellent investment for newcomers and old China hands alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walter Fung on 2 Feb. 2014
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re A very clear and concise account of modern Chinese history, written in an easy to understand style. Contemporary issues are also handled in a reasonably fair assessment.
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A very useful little book 3 Feb. 2014
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I've always been fascinated by China. I've been there twice, and I'm studying Chinese on my own. Pre-1912 Chinese history is so vast and sprawling that it's dizzying. Modern China, however, is also very confusing. This book has been extremely helpful to me because it helps sort out some of the contradictions and misunderstandings that tend to interfere in understanding modern China, and it concentrates on what's important. It won't tell you everything, but as the subtitle says it will tell you what matters, especially about the political system and its history. It's short, succinct, well-written, fits easily in your pocket, and it can be read during a plane ride that lasts a few hours. It's a wonderful little book for someone from America or Europe traveling to China for the first time.
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