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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007300158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007300150
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 5.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As any self respecting monument knows, you haven't made it until you've garnered UNESCO status. From the Acropolis to the lesser known El Jem Coliseum, this gives you a tantalising taste of all 878 World Heritage sites." Wanderlust

"although you might never witness the majesty of the Grand Canyon or the Acropolis, at least you can take a peek and understand why they've made this prestigious list." ABTA Magazine

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A complete guide to the most extraordinary places


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard Happer on 31 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
You could visit a world heritage site every week and still be going 16 years later. So while a 'coffee table' style book might showcase a few of the most glorious, it wouldn't give you the wonderful 'dip-ability' of this book.

A quick flick and I get a fine introduction to the cultural importance of the Pyramids. But a few pages later I also find out about 'Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump' a site where native Americans killed buffalo by running them off a cliff for millennia.

Fascinating. And there are 876 more like this.

I think this book is a quite brilliant introduction to the world's most sublime natural and cultural heritage sites. I'll be dipping for years to come.

Richard
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OutBound on 23 April 2011
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At 832 pages this is quite a volume with 878 sites listed.It sounds impressive but to be honest overall I was disappointed. The photos are in colour but a number of them are disappointing.Some appear somewhat old and pale and are lacking life and sparkle given that they are of such important and spectacular sites. I guess that is why the book is relatively cheap. There is not a lot of detail written on each site but enough to give an introduction. The index lists sites by country but each country is not then divided into regions - just a list of site names and page numbers to locate them. So you will have to jump from page to page to follow sites in one country.The book itself lists the sites year by year that they became UNESCO sites -an idea I found irritating as you jump from one type of site and country to another - strange.I think I would prefer to sit in bed with a laptop and use a Heritage website than hold this heavy volume.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clifton Jones on 13 Jan. 2010
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Excellent introduction to the world heritage sites (or more corectly places inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List). There are descriptions of over 800 sites, with pictures of most. They are arranged in the date they were added to the list (hence four starts rather than five) rather than by country, but there is a by country index at the end. The book is reasonably priced and is much better that things like "1000 places to see before your knees give out" or whatever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Steward on 3 Oct. 2009
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I love this book. Got it a few weeks ago and it's now my favourite bedtime read for dreaming of my next holiday. I find myself trying to work out how many sites I can fit in during a week long break. The book is ordered by the year the site was inscribed onto the UNESCO list and it's so good to have every site in one book. Can be quite tricky to find some sites as there are so many but there's a nice mapping section at the front and two indexes at the back to help. The text is not dumbed down thankfully but is still easy to read and informative. The pictures are really good as well.

The only thing I'd quite like to see are little tick boxes on each site for the ones I've been to!!! That's a minor point as it's one of those books you just want to keep picking up and flicking through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 6 Jan. 2010
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I have received it as a Christmas gift and it could not be better! It is a comprehensive compedium of all attractions listed on UNESCO list. Although they are just briefly described, book is an excellent source of inspiration and a starting point to further reading and planning.
The only comment is that some photographs could be a bit better, I have visited many of the places already and some photographs in the book do not do them justice. Nevertheless it is an amazing book and well worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Driscoll on 2 Feb. 2011
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The nice thing about this book is that it has all the sites and you can browse through them chronologically. Nice to have them all in one place. It is also all UNESCO approved. They just release a app version for iPhone and iPad too apparently so if you have one of those thingies you can get it on that as well... also handy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grue on 9 Sept. 2010
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I borrowed this from the library - I like to try-before-I-buy! It's smaller than I anticipated, and quite chunky - I was expecting more of a traditional coffee-table book.

The photography and detailed descriptions are well thought-out, but I was disappointed/surprised that the places are listed in the order that they were designated as heritage sites. It's therefore very difficult to flick through to find a particular site - it's more of a "dipping-in" book for casual browsers. I wouldn't be disappointed if I received it as a gift, but I won't be purchasing it now that I've had a flick through.
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