Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire by Diana Preston, Michael Preston | | 9780802716736 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802716736
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
756,720
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 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose this book to write a research project about the Taj Mahal. I enjoyed reading this book for the project, it was easy to read and understand. Both authors, Diana and Micheal Preston did an amazing job describing the history of the Taj Mahal. Doing this project was difficult with this book beaus majority of the book was base on the ancestors and descendants of Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal. The authors gave very little information about the Taj Mahal such the year it started and ended construction to how many people took part of the construction. To find more information about the Taj Mahal I relied mostly on my internet sources. Besides it lacking information of the Taj Mahal, the Preston's description of the history of the Moghul Dynasty was very helpful. Their was of describing the history of the Moghul Dynasty and the struggle for a family to keep their power was very visual. I also enjoyed reading the powerful love story between Moghul emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. All in all, both Diana and Michael Preston, wrote a great book about the Taj Mahal and the history behind it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading the history
Anonymous 6 months ago
I am high school Sophomore and I chose this book for my research project. The authors Diana and Michael Preston use fantastic imagery to describe every little detail about the beautiful architecture of the Taj Mahal. I was able to answer all nine questions that my teacher assigned. However the two authors Diana and Michael Preston, did focus a lot on the rise and fall of the Moghul Empire rather than the Taj Mahal and it's architecture. The book is long and very detailed, but the details are what make this book fascinating. The authors make it easy for you to picture different parts of the Taj Mahal because of the many details and imagery. This book does explain a lot about the history of the Moghul Empire which is why some parts of the book are uninteresting. Overall this book was an incredible resource and helped me learn more about one of the magnificent 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.
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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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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