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

Author:  John Man

Publisher:  DaCapo Press

Reviewer: W. H. McDonald, Jr. – AAA Founder

As Exciting an Accounting of History as it Gets!

Author John Man, whose books are reflective of someone in love with history, has given readers a real treat, in his well written book "The Terra Cotta Army: China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation." He presents a close-up and almost personal look at something which has intrigued the world since its discovery in 1974.

Reading about the this historic discovery, with its life-size statues of warriors and horses, makes any armchair archaeologist feel like Indian Jones. It stirs the imagination of the reader. I consider any book a good read that allows me to continue my daydreaming about it long after having put the book down. This book will ignite that kind of inner adventure with readers!

I found the accompanying photos to be a wonderful addition to the written accounting. After reading this book, I would now love to go see the real thing. John Man has a way of making history seem like a novel. He captures the most important elements of the facts and uses just enough verbiage to give you a a full understanding without drowning you in data and details like so many historians and writers do. This is a fun to read book and not a text book!

This book, like all of John Man's books, is a FIVE STAR Blockbuster! It is that good. Go buy a copy!

Winner of the 2008 American Authors Association's Golden Quill Award!

 

 


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