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ChoiceThis beautifully illustrated catalog accompanies a touring exhibition on the Terracotta Army coming directly from China. Editor Portal has done an excellent job. Few historical figures changed the course of history like the First Emperor (d. 210 BCE). Having conquered six rival powers, he created China's first empire and bequeathed a political legacy that has persisted to this day. Modern interest is kept alive not only by Chairman Mao's unabashed endorsement, but by the recent discovery of an army of life-size terracotta soldiers and officers near the emperor's tomb in Xi'an, hailed all over the world as an archaeological wonder. A humongous museum built on the site has become a major tourist attraction.
— V. C. Xiong