Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

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by Diana Preston, Michael Preston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802716733

ISBN-13: 9780802716736

Pub. Date: 02/05/2008

Publisher: Walker & Company

The dazzling story of the Taj Mahal and the empire whose spirit it epitomizes.

Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal's flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have or centuries dazzled everyone who has seen it, and the story of its creation is a fascinating blend of

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The dazzling story of the Taj Mahal and the empire whose spirit it epitomizes.

Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal's flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have or centuries dazzled everyone who has seen it, and the story of its creation is a fascinating blend of cultural and architectural heritage. Yet, as Diana and Michael Preston vividly convey in the first narrative history of the Taj, it also reflects the magnificent history of the Moghul Empire itself, for it turned out to mark the high point of the empire's glory at the same time as it became a tipping point in Moghul fortunes. With the storytelling skills that characterize their previous books, the Prestons bring alive both the grand sweep of Moghul history and the details that make it memorable. A tale of overwhelming passion, the story of the Taj has the cadences of Greek tragedy and the ripe emotion of grand opera, and puts a memorable human face on the marble masterpiece.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802716736
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
599,833
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 7.85(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents


Prologue     1
"A Place of Few Charms"     11
Allah Akbar     28
"Seizer of the World"     41
"Peerless Pearls and Heart-Pleasing Stuffs"     54
The Warrior Prince     75
Emperor in Waiting     91
Chosen One of the Palace     105
The Peacock Throne     119
"Build for Me a Mausoleum"     143
"Dust of Anguish"     155
"The Builder Could Not Have Been of This Earth"     170
"This Paradise-Like Garden"     193
The Illumined Tomb     204
"The Sublime Throne"     217
"Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"     233
Fall of the Peacock Throne     249
"His Own Tomb on the Other Side of the River"     262
Epilogue     275
Acknowledgments     287
Notes and Sources     289
Bibliography     305
Index     311

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Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and i read this book for a research project on the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal by Diana and Michael Preston was an interesting book with much detail and much background. It was very helpful but at times was also very confusing. I really enjoyed when the book described the family tree and tradition of the Moghuls. There was also much of the book analyzing how empires struggled to keep land or fight for it. Since this happened for about six centuries the book went on and on about it. When it went on to the leaders and their reign there was much description. Family lineage was hard for me to comprehend because the names were confusing and most of them were alike. If you are looking for a book that has more description and detail on the ornamentation and construction this book isn’t the one. Not much was said or given If this book had clearer pictures and were put on pages to help understand to what they went along with I could have understood it better
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a High School Sophomore and I chose to read this book for my research project on the Taj Mahal. I chose to read this book because I thought it would be interesting and because my teacher recommended it. I did not find it interesting at all. For a good portion of the book it mainly discusses previous rulers, their history, and impact they made on the future rulers and I think that it was too informative and unnecessary. It also goes into too much detail on the ruler’s conquest and fight to keep the throne and power. The main reason I did not like this book is because it took several chapters to begin discussing the Taj Mahal, and when it did, it did not help me as much as I thought it would. I could not answer most of my research questions with this book. When the book finally discussed the Taj Mahal it is too detailed about its architecture, design, calligraphy, and techniques on how they built it. It also discusses too much about the people involved it its construction. I felt the authors should have included more about Taj Mahal itself instead of all the history about their ancient rulers. It took me a lot to read this book and I would doze off frequently. The only thing I enjoyed about this book were the pictures. They showed the unique structures and patterns inside and outside of the Taj Mahal. Overall, I thought this book was very boring and I would only recommend it to people who are interested in history.  
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