The Terracotta Army: China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation

The Terracotta Army: China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation


By (author) John Man

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 226mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 030681840X
  • ISBN 13: 9780306818400
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 807,038

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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 Chinaand 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 Chinas history, culture, and society.

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Author information

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in China and Mongolia whose list of acclaimed books includes "Genghis Khan." He lives in the United Kingdom.

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Joy Hog, 8/18/08 "If the tiny tidbits designed for the ADD crowd on NBC merely wet your palette for more, "The Great Wall" is a good place to start." "Tucson Citizen," 8/21/08 "A fascinating history." "The Tucson Citizen," 8/21/08 "A highly readable account." "Acadiana LifeStyle," September 2008 "[A] fascinating book...If you plan to go [to the traveling exhibit], buy this book first." American Author's Association website exciting an accounting of history as it gets!...John Man has a way of making history seem like a novel...Go buy a copy!" "Sun Lakes Splash" "A vivid account of the roots that formed the unique culture of China."