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Great Wall, The: From Beginning to End [Hardcover]

Michael Yamashita , William Lindesay
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1 Nov 2007
It is arguably the greatest feat of civil engineering in history, and indisputably earths largest single cultural relic: begun during the Qin Dynasty (around 208 BC) and completed nearly 1,800 years later during the Ming Dynasty, the Great Wall of China spans more than 4,000 miles. No one can calculate how many people worked on and died building it, using only the most rudimentary tools and materials. At the dawn of the Beijing Olympics, the eyes of all the world are upon it. Two men who navigated every inch of the Wall have collaborated on a lavishly-illustrated tribute to this amazing structure. Michael Yamashita, an award-winning National Geographic photographer, spent a year shooting the Wall, its environs, and the people who live in its shadow, for the magazine. One hundred and sixty of his magnificent photographs grace this volume, which features text by William Lindesay, who not only conducts tours of the Wall and spearheads the movement to preserve it, but has actually run its entire length. Broken into three sections, this book provides an overview that debunks myths and dishes up rare facts and figures, a comprehensive history that proceeds dynasty by dynasty through its construction, and an account of Lindesays personal experiences of the Wall.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402731604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402731600
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 31.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars the great wall 21 Dec 2007
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This one of the better books on theGreat Wall but there too many deficiencies to make it excellent.He recounts his travel along the course of the Ming Wall from the Yalu river in the east to Jaiyuguan in the west.This part of the book gives avery good account of day to day life in those areas.The sections on wall building dynastys other than the Ming are most informative and useful.The downside to the book are a)the map of the walls is totally useless asit is so cluttered and b)some of the photo graphs are badly lit or exposed and certainly do not meet the standard of good photography expected in a book such as this.This book should have been called the Ming Wall or theGreat Walls .The sooner the naming of the 12 walls that make the Great Wall is codified the better.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive look at the Great Wall 16 Mar 2008
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This book is as complete as anyone could want. It combines excellent photography and known history of the construction with commentary on the current area and the people of the regions it traverses. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Chinese Wall 4 July 2008
By Devleeschouwer Guy - Published on
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This book is in fact a logical and photographical study of the Great Chinese Wall (restored parts as well as all other parts). The restored parts nearby Bejing will probably be known by many tourists, but this book opens the way to all the other and lesser known parts of this world heritage monument. After reading this book I intend to pay a visity to some of these lesser known parts together with a visit to the Longmen caves.
This book is certainly to be recommended .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Present for the Wife! 23 July 2010
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Bought as a present for my wife who is walking the Great Wall later in the Year. Brilliant book beautifully illustrated. Well packaged and promptly delivered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World longest wall 31 Jan 2010
By George O. Quezada - Published on
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Very, very pleased with the edition. Pictures are a delight and the commentary very aaccurate and entertaining.
The perfect book for anyopne interested in architecture and things Chinese.
The book arrived in perfect condition and without any trouble, on time and without fuss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 25 May 2014
By Gloria Kennedy - Published on
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Wonderful pictures, good narrative. Great remembrance of my trip to China, and much better than lugging a heavy book through the airports. Less expensive through Amazon too.
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