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The First Emperor of China Paperback – 15 Feb 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New edition edition (15 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750939605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750939607
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,465,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Clements is the author, co-author or translator of over thirty books, including The Moon in the Pines, Confucius: A Biography and Pirate King: Coxinga and the Fall of the Ming Dynasty.


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Format: Hardcover
I came to this book having seen a couple of documentaries on the First Emperor and so knew something of his history but this book goes into much greater detail about his life, the wider empire of China and the important figures in his life. Also detailing the events that led to the First Emperors birth and those following his death the book is not only a great source of information on the person of the First Emperor but also on the China of the period in general. The book also includes appendices on the portrayals of the First Emperor on film and TV, as well as family trees for the first Emperor and notes on names and titles of the period. Jonathan Clements does well to present the information in a well informed and easy to read manner that is accessible.
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Format: Hardcover
Only half way through this book at the minute but will update review when finished.
Firstly the only real criticism I can come up with for this book and that is the photography’s of the emperor's works and wall hangings are in black and white. In this day photographs in hardback books should be in colour considering how much extra we pay for the hardback edition.
The pluses are many so far, the book is very well written, a lot of information is contained within an easy to read format. The author makes great judgements on his sources and isn’t afraid to let the read make up his own mind on his opinion. There is an almost stay to the next page feeling from this book, a feeling that going to bed without reading the next page will leave you with a bad nights sleep.
I can’t help but advise this book to anyone, have already advised my Grandmother on a purchase.
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Format: Paperback
This book is full of history and an honest and well researched account of the first Emperor of China. For Jonathan Clements this project must have been very difficult. To find and research on a topic where there are not many entries or much written about he has done well and wrote a informative book about the life of the very first Emperor of China.

After hard work the first emperor decided to be called an 'Emperor' rather then a king. Giving himself the name of the ruler of the world. It was his passion to rule the world and to capture as many countries as he could. He died young and was beginning to achieve his success. He wanted to hand over his reins to his son and after his closest associate changed the will of the first emperor, the wrong son was made Emperor. The son has predicted to loose all his father has achieved. The son that was supposed to be emperor was forced to commit suicide as he thought this was what his father wanted. The First emperor's dynasty lasted only a decade.

Worth the read and a true account of the Chinese history.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a patchwork of articles, some over the emperor, some over the legendary foundations o the dynasty, other over the legal system in China, the discovery of the terracota warriors, the building of he wall, and so on. If there was a tread, i failed to see it.
If you are looking for a biography of the first emperor of China, you will be disappointed.
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