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In the years and centuries since his time, Cao Cao has been remembered as one of the great villains of Chinese history, talented and powerful, but cruel, immoral, and ultimately fated to failure. On the other hand, Cao Cao lived at a time when the dynasty of Han was collapsing and the empire was falling into ruin, and he became a leader in a time of destruction and civil war. Though a great part of Cao Caos story has been confused by the slanders of his enemies and the romantic enthusiasm of later generations, a core of fact remains; indeed there are few people from such a distant past of whom so much can be known. Seeking the history behind the legend, this book offers an interpretation of one of the exceptional men of Chinaa strategist, a statesman, a reformer and a poet.

Keywords: Cao Cao; Chinese history



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