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Wu Zhao: China's Only Female Emperor Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0321394262 ISBN-10: 0321394267 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (December 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321394267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321394262
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Twitchett on January 30, 2008
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Behind this fabulous tale of the rise of the daughter of a lumber merchant to the first and only female emperor of China is a probing study of power, politics, and gender. I was particularly enthralled by Rothschild's explanation of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism in the Tang Dynasty and the ways in which they were variously used to invent a new language of symbols--indeed, to create a new political reality. This book is a tour de force filled with gruesome lore worthy of a historical novella by Tanizaki.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Martinek on October 15, 2012
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A modern, even handed biography and analysis of one of the most under-rated rulers in human history. Emperor Wu has been compared to Stalin and Tamarlane by those who mistakenly take the texts of the ancient Confucian scholars who wrote the history of ancient China at face value. She was far from a monster, but she was a human being, with human shortcomings--and human virtues. Ruling a great empire is not for the weak-willed, squeamish, or weak minded. Wu was none of these. She was a remarkable human being who deserves to be understood in the context of her time. This Rothschild does extremely well.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on January 29, 2012
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This text really goes a long way to espousing cultural prejudice and really helping one understand in depth the sociopolitical climate that allowed a figure such as Wu Zhao to come to power. Unbiased and comprehensive, the book earns my strongest recommendation. It's also quite slim.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tehn on January 15, 2013
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N. Rothschild has spent almost 20 years doing research pertaining to Wu Zhao. If anyone is interested in Asian history or sexy powerful females-(wink)-I recommend this book. It is well written and worth more than it is offered for. Rothschild is a man with a wealth of knowledge and a master story teller. Buy it. It is worth it.
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