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

John Man

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ISBN 10: 0306817446 / ISBN 13: 9780306817441
Published by Da Capo Press, 2008
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Title: The Terra Cotta Army: China's First Emperor ...

Publisher: Da Capo Press

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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The terra cotta army is one of the greatest, and most famous, archaeological discoveries ever made. Over eight thousand life-size figures of warriors and horses were interred in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China-and each figure is individually carved, perhaps representing real members of the emperors army. Weaving together history and a first-hand account of his experience in China, John Man tells the fascinating story of how and why these astonishing figures were created in the third century BC. In doing so, he gives a vivid account of early China and the formation of its unique culture. The Terra Cotta Army will be published in conjunction with the largest traveling exhibit of the Terra Cotta Army to the United States-and the first exhibit in America in over ten years.


Roanoke Times 5/11/0
“If you can’t make it to China anytime soon to see the warriors, do the next best thing: Grab a warm cup of tea, sink into your favorite reading spot and open The Terra Cotta Army to the preface. And begin.”Library Journal, 6/15/08
“Brilliant and utterly readable...Reads much like an adventure story that offers fine access to this highly detailed subject.” 
Houston Chronicle China book roundup
“Provides essential background reading...Man is a genial guide...learned but not dry.”Toronto Globe and Mail, 7/19/08
“[Man’s] travel journalism evocatively describes the terra cotta warriors as artifacts, and appropriately overwhelms us with their scale...Man’s prose attains precision and genuine awe.”Charleston Post & Courier
“[Man] uses his skills as a travel writer to set the scene and fill it with vignettes...The folk stories and humorous incidents that salt the text prevent the dust of history from obscuring the glory of the story.”Roanoke Times, 8/18/08
“[An] engaging foray into Chinese history.”

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