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Damascus: Hidden Treasures of the Old City Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500019460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500019467
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.1 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Captures the essence of the place and pins it to the printed page. Vivid, perceptive and entertaining, Damascus looks set to become a standard introduction to this most intriguing and ancient of cities' - William Dalrymple 'A handsome and long overdue tribute to one of the most fascinating of Islamic cities' - Colin Thubron 'Excellent... a feast of a volume' - The Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Colin Thubron, author of "Mirror to Damascus", published in 1965 writes: "A handsome and long overdue tribute to one of the most fascinating of Islamic cities." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a rare opportunity to see inside some of Damscus' most beautiful buildings, with complex histories stretching back many centuries. Having lived in this still vibrant and bustling city, I've seen a few of the best known of the buildings in this book. This book's real selling point, however, is its access to houses that the average student or tourist has little hope of seeing unless fortunate enough to meet the families that live in them. The accompanying text also strikes the right balance between historical depth and sheer readability with a blend of history, anecdote and explanation. It also ties in well to the beautiful photography, meaning there is not much in the way of flipping back and forth. Highly recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By YD on 18 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having lived in Damascus, there are better guidebooks but few books that compare with Ms Keenan's and bring Damascus alive in the way that it deserves. This author gained exceptional access to the hidden corners of this historic city, whose real splendours are the old houses, not its museums or monuments. Full of gems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. A. Granville-edge on 2 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after having read Brigid Keenan's excellent book about her life as a diplomat's wife, and from a sense of perhaps having lived in Damascus in a previous life! I was not disappointed-the book is beautifully illustrated with wonderful photographs and very easily-read text. There is a lot of background history, which makes you understand a lot more about what is happening today in the middle east and at the same time strikes a note of poignancy and sadness at the lost world within this area.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 9 Feb. 2011
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This book is absolutely is stunning. The photo's of the homes and artifacts, past and the present, make it well worth having.
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