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From the Kirkus Reviews Feature interview with Richard Cavendish:
It begins in Dawson
City, a small town
in Canada that
birthed the Klondike
Gold Rush. It ends
with the imposing
stone heads that dominate
Rapa Nui National
Park. In between, armchair explorers will
find almost 1,000 pages of stunning photographs
and evocative thumbnail sketches of
the world's greatest historical sites.
absolutely desperate," says historian Richard
Cavendish of his daunting commission to
choose the attractions that would make the
"When I drew up the original contents list
and set off cheerfully on this job, I realized
that 1,001 places is a hell of a lot of places
when you're trying to write them all down.
We tried to spread them all around the world
to the extent that we could and tried
to make them as varied as possible so they
weren't all stately homes and churches."
Many of the sites correspond to UNESCO's
851 World Heritage Sites, and the book
earned a preface and high praise from Koïchiro
Matsuura, the organization's director
It's a doorstop-sized volume, but
one Cavendish hopes will prove a valuable
resource to travelers around the globe.
isn't a book that anyone will sit down and
read from start to finish," he says. " I think it's
a book that you dip into from time to time
when it's nice to look at a few more entries.
The ideal outcome is that someone reads an
entry and thinks, 'Gosh, that's somewhere
that I would really like to see for myself. ' "
—Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2008
"Here's a vacation challenge: Visit as many historical sites as you can. If you can't get there by train, plane or boat, let your fingers do the walking through the 960 pages of this colorful, insightful book."
—Carol Parker, The Tampa Tribune, March 23, 2008