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Angkor: Cities and Temples Hardcover – 1 Dec 2008

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: River Books (1 Dec. 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 9749863801
  • ISBN-13: 978-9749863800
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 28 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,986,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 21 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am an Illustrator inspired by all things ancient and this book is like a fuel injection for me. :) the photography is breath taking. Lots of close-up shots and in depth descriptions. Would love to visit in person someday, but for now flicking through these pages to view the crumbling figures amongst the rainforest will have to do for now.

Wonderful, wonderful book! It's also quite large and heavy so you'll need a tall shelf to store it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Ashton on 4 Aug. 2013
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I was in Cambodia in April 2013 and visited several of the temples in the Angkor Complex. I took numerous photos and need ed a book to help me identify various places. I managed to get a used copy (but in mint condition) from Amazon Marketplace at a very reasonable price compared to a new one- if you can find one. Apart from the photos, there is a scholarly text explaining the history of the peoples who built these fantastic temples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gearsau on 5 Dec. 2012
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I purchased this book a couple of years ago, on my first visit to the Angkor Temples in Cambodia. I can honestly say, that this book, is by far the best book covering the temples.
The standard of photography is brilliant, and there are plenty of explanations covering the meaning of the temples and carvings.
The book isnt a lightweight item that you will read once and disgard.
Every time I look at this book, makes me want to go back again..

14/4/2015
Just picked up a second copy, as my first book is buried in boxes from a recent apartment move. The book is so good, that I could not pass up the chance to get another copy ( second hand )

The cover photo is of Banteay SreiTemple.
That temple is about 25 km out of Siem Reap. Interesting ride out there via tuk-tuk. Go through some small villages on the way out to there. Nice to see how the local people live.
I would recommend a trip in the afternoon, as the sandstone turns a nice pink colour in the late afternoon light.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Godden on 22 April 2015
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I have just got back from Angkor which was amazing and I wanted a book to remind me of our experience and also to remind me of the history of the places we saw. This book got a lot of good reviews which is why I chose it although it was very expensive.
It is a heavy coffee table book. Lots of nice pictures and text and historical information, however when I got it I noticed it was published some time ago, around 20 years old so it is a little out of date compared to the site as it is today. I was hoping for something a bit more up to date than this and felt that I paid too much for it. That being said, it is a lovely book but I will try and get something a bit more up to date.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A Comprehensive History Of The Khmer Empire 4 July 2001
By Dr Lawrence Hauser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Angkor Cities And Temples is perhaps one of the most beautiful books I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Everything about it beckons the reader to remain absorbed in its pages. The text by Claude Jacques is erudite, well-written, and very well translated. The photography by Michael Freeman is astonishingly good. Not only by virtue of his technical skills, which are considerable, but because he handles the art and architecture of the monuments with a tremendous sensitivity to detail and a glorious feel for the way in which light interacts dramatically with stone. Together, the flowing text and luminous colour images provide a wondrous exposure to an ancient world of great sophistication and profound aesthetic development.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Angkor : Cities and Temples 5 Aug. 2000
By Iain Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a sumptuous history of the ancient Khmer Temples in and around Cambodia.
The history is clear the explanations are concise and the photos are stunning. Coming near to doing justice of these magnificant temples.
A mouthwatering introduction or a cherished souvenir
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Almost like being there! 6 Oct. 2002
By grifins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had always wanted to visit the Angkor temples.And I was looking for some good books on Angkor. When I saw this book, I immediately bought it inspite of its price. The text is crisp and illuminating. And the photographs are the best I have seen of Angkor. They are so real and dramatic that you feel that you are right there. The only drawback with this book is its size. It is mammoth, making it a reference guide rather than a guide you can bring with you on your travel to Angkor. Nevertheless, only in this book has justice been done to the magnificent temples of Angkor. If there is only one book you buy this year, make it this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best Angkor book 21 April 2008
By Dong Oh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have reviewed a few Angkor books. I think this is the best book among them. The pictures are very good.
Angkor, Cities and Temples 26 July 2012
By Gearsau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been to the Angkor Temples on three or four occasions. In my opinion, this book is by far the best pictorial coverage of the temples.

The cover photo is taken at Banteay Srei shrine. Its a small temple about 30 km from Siem Reap. Well worth the visit, and I suggest going in the afternoon or early morning to get the best effect of the pink sandstone there.

Hopefully, I will visit Angkor Wat again, early in 2013.
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