The Most Venerable Book (Shang Shu)

Written by:
Narrated by:
Windson Liong

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2021
7 hours 13 minutes
Brought to you by Penguin.

This Penguin Classic is performed by Windson Liong. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Martin Palmer.

The Most Venerable Book (also known as The Book of History) is one of the Five Classics. For many centuries it was a central work for anyone wishing to work for the Imperial administration, with its prestige stemming from the belief that it had been assembled by Confucius himself. The First Emperor tried to have all copies destroyed because of its subversive implication that 'the Mandate of Heaven' could be withdrawn from rulers who failed their people. For similar reasons it was also banned by Mao. Extraordinarily, it has been revived by the Chinese government of the 2010s.

© Martin Palmer 2014 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
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