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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.
The I Ching is one of the cornerstone texts of Chinese civilization and remains a tremendously popular book throughout the world. Scholars have increasingly dismissed the traditions surrounding the text, while many readers in both China and the West have been more willing to accept this divinatory work at face value. S. J. Marshall sets out to reconcile these opposing approaches.
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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.