London: Profile Books, 2007. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Fine. Black cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Yellow endpapers. Clean, unmarked, tight. Illustrations in black and white. Endnotes. Index. 14 x 22 cm. 209 pp. / Very Good. Some fading/sunning to spine. Item #12623
The First Emperor gave us the name by which China is known in the West and, by his unification or elimination of six states, created imperial China. He stressed the rule of law but suppressed all opposition, burning books and burying scholars alive. His military achievements are reflected in the 'buried armies' that surround his tomb, and his Great Wall still fascinates the world. Despite his achievements, however, he has been vilified since his death. This book describes his life and times and reflects the historical arguments over the real founder of China and one of the most important men in Chinese history.