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The Mandate of Heaven Paperback – September 15, 2002
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S. J. Marshall's intriguing work will be read with great interest by ["I Ching"] aficionados, and it will also attract the attention of contemporary scholars. The former will be immensely grateful for the clarity that Marshall brings to such an enigmatic text. . . . Everyone who reads "The Mandate of Heaven" will return to the "Book of Changes" with a renewed historical perspective.
About the Author
S. J. Marshall works as an editor for one of the premier medical journals, The Lancet, when he is not pursuing his interest in ancient Chinese history.
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Setting aside the author's goal the book itself contains some interesting material packed into a tight space. Some things could have been said with fewer words for greater effect and many of the footnotes could have been integrated into the main body of text for greater affect and easier reading.
Would I recommend this book to others? It's hard to say.