In today's modem world, few kings or queens remain but prime ministers are many. These prime ministers each play a key role in running a state. In its long history, China saw hundreds of prime ministers. These officials, like their modern counterparts, were celebrities in their own time. Ruling hundreds or even thousands of years ago in ancient China, these unique figures led fascinating lives filled with stories beyond our imagination and understanding of what a prime minister should or could do. There are 30 prime ministers included in this book, covering almost all the dynasties in Chinese history. They have been selected for being representative of their times. Many of the tales about them are still popular in China today, and their achievements and failings, rights and wrongs have been and will be discussed forever. Illustrated.
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