Using a tour of the original seven wonders as their springboard, these books comb UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites to present similar profiles of seven extant but lesser-known man-made wonders. These range from the immense Nazca geoglyphs in modern Peru and Sudan's little-known Kush pyramids to Japan's Todaiji-the largest wooden building in the world-and the massive, 2000-year-old Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines. Each gets a chapter, well endowed with side panels; quotes from archaeologists; and color photos, period art, or, in Ancient World, more recent reconstructions (such as a photograph of Lenin's tomb in the section on the mausoleum at Halicarnassus). The authors retrace the history of each site, describe preservation challenges and efforts, and close with generous, annotated resource lists-plus an invitation to readers to choose an eighth wonder.
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