Wu: The Chinese Empress who schemed, seduced and murdered her way to become a living God
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Paperback : 316 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1909771104
- ISBN-13 : 978-1909771109
- Publisher : Albert Bridge Books (December 24, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Also, surprisingly funny in places!
This work is worth a read whether you know Wu's story or not. An enjoyable read about a woman the world should never forget.
Empress Wu is a really difficult historical figure. She is neither a good guy or a bad guy. She is a woman who did some amazing things, and some really terrible things. So many biographies of Wu have an agenda, either to make her look like a martyr or a villain, and the truth is far more complicated than that.
Clements provides both what is known about Empress Wu, and various opinions and constructs of her made by those who came later. He shows how the image of Empress Wu is often twisted to meet the needs of political fads, and that all of these perspectives should be taken with a grain of salt.
Even if you know nothing about Chinese history, you will find this book a fascinating and lively read.
Top reviews from other countries
I really enjoyed reading this book. There are a multiplicity of interesting characters introduced during the story and as a novice at Chinese history each twist to the tale was a real surprise. It's great to have 'new' real historical events to find out about. It has spurred me on to find out more about the Chinese. They have stories just as fascinating as those in the European history I am most familiar with. Its a whole new world to explore.
Thank you Jonathan Clements for a great read!
Its an average book. I am not fan of the writing style. Cover feels cheap. Images could have been in colour. I will be looking for recommendations of other books to learn about Empress Wu. Feel very little the wiser on her subject.
I can't shake the feeling that the people who think she was evil from head to toe only say so because she was a woman. The male emperors did what she did, worse things even, and nobody even questions their actions. But none of that in this book, it shows the good and the bad based on the sources available. Excellent. 5 stars, well deserved.