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"The following year Qin unified all under Heaven and the title of August
Emperor was immediately adopted."
The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial
legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor,
founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the
Grand Historiographer and the most famous Chinese historian. He describes the
Emperor's birth and the assassination attempt on his life, as well as the
political and often brutal events that led to the founding of the dynasty and
its aftermath. Sima Qian recounts the building of the Great Wall, the "burning
of the books", and the construction of the First Emperor's magnificent tomb, a
tomb now world famous since the discovery of the terracotta warriors in 1974.
Sima Qian's love of anecdote ensures that his history is never dull, and
Raymond Dawson's fluent translation captures his lively and vivid style.