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World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 911 UNESCO World Heritage Sites


"No school, public, or academic library could go wrong including the very affordable World Heritage Sites in both reference and circulating collections." — Booklist

In 1959, UNESCO launched an international campaign to safeguard the world's most important sites, which led to the first World Heritage List. ...

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"No school, public, or academic library could go wrong including the very affordable World Heritage Sites in both reference and circulating collections." — Booklist

In 1959, UNESCO launched an international campaign to safeguard the world's most important sites, which led to the first World Heritage List. This new edition includes the 21 brand-new sites, such as:

  • The first capital of the Saudi dynasty
  • Colonial-period convict sites in Australia
  • Bikini Atoll
  • Important commercial centers on the Silver Route and the Silk Road in Iran
  • Subtropical rain forests and cloud forests in Réunion National Park
  • A major reindeer migration route across the Arctic
  • An 18th-century astronomical observation site in India

The 911 sites are found in 151 countries across the globe, and strict criteria assures that only the most spectacular and extraordinary sites make it onto the list. Many are familiar, such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Wall of China and Mount Kilimanjaro, and many are less known but equally important, including Sweden's Engelsberg ironworks and the Sewell Mining Town in Chile. The United States and Canada together boast 36 sites, including the Statue of Liberty, the Mammoth Caves, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Historic Quebec and Everglades National Park, recently added to the World Heritage List of Sites in Danger.

Featuring gorgeous photographs and updated maps, World Heritage Sites is a uniquely comprehensive and valuable resource to the world's most important historical and natural treasures.

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Editorial Reviews

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[Review of previous edition] Impressive...a true travelogue throughout the book, as we are taken to the most beautiful sites the world has to offer, further proof of why UNESCO wants to preserve them for future generations, to enjoy centuries from today. In the meantime, we get to enjoy their charm, right in our hands.
[Review of previous edition] Really a great and informative publication!
Valley Times - Ann Tutko-Peterson
[Review of previous edition] Firefly Books is the first to compile a guidebook that attempts to cover all of the World Heritage sites.... It's a fascinating look at these remarkable sites.
Victoria Times-Colonist - Candace Fertile
[Review of previous edition] Whether your gift recipient is a traveller or someone who prefers to travel imaginatively in the comfort of home, World Heritage Sites is a splendid gift. With more than 650 colour photos, the book is a luscious visual treat. And as some sites are grievously damaged (Angor Wat) or destroyed (Buddhas of Bamiyan), the book is a record of what exists now and what once was.
Waterloo Region Record
[Review of previous edition] The cover boasts a gorgeous photo of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The back shows the Taj Mahal, pink in the light of dawn. And in between there are more than 800 pages-and almost two kilograms' worth -that are filled with information about natural and cultural wonders from every corner of the globe. In a way, the book is a book of dreams - for people with the travel bug or those who just like to imagine what it would be like to see places the forces of nature and human ingenuity have wrought. All of these places are sites of physical or cultural significance on a list maintained by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Canada is well represented, with 15 sites, most of which are of natural rather than historic value.
Denver Post - Kyle Wagner
[Review of previous edition] World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 878 UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a great reminder that it isn't just land that we need to protect, but the hundreds of thousands of treasures from ancient civilizations, cultural relics, natural habitats and other sites important to human history.... This guide arranges them chronologically by the year they were designated by UNESCO, and offers color photos, a brief history and explanation of their further significance, the criteria that put them on the list and, for some of the sites, additional trivia.
Oregon Live - Terry Richard
[Review of previous edition] Instead of reading about places you may already be familiar with, this book will take you around the world to the best natural and manmade features on the planet.
ABC News - Beth J. Harpaz
[Review of previous edition] Pat Carrier, owner of the Globe Corner, says his customers have been very enthusiastic about World Heritage Sites.
San Francisco West County Times - Ann Tatko-Peterson
[Review of previous edition] You won't find a guidebook that comes closer to painting a complete picture about such a large body of tourism haunts.
Westworld - Rob Howatson
[Review of previous edition] Most places-to-see-before-you-die books are a dime a dozen, but this one comes with the moral authority of the United Nations. World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 878 UNESCO World Heritage Sites features gorgeous photos ands pithy descriptions of Earth's most culturally, historically and geologically significant locations.
Booklist - Craig Bunch
[Review of previous edition] Highly attractive and informative.... What makes this compact, sturdily covered and bound paperback an invaluable reference book is its coverage of the complete list of the current sites.... Though the phrase "recommended for all libraries" is overused, no school, public, or academic library could go wrong including the very affordable World Heritage Sites in both reference and circulating collections. The official World Heritage Web site, which includes many additional photographs and features, is also highly recommended. YA: For teens, this very browsable book will provide numerous historical, geographic, aesthetic, and perhaps even moral lessons.
Outpost Magazine - Ryan Murdock
[Review of previous edition] This volume is a must for the serious traveller's bookshelf.
St. Paul Pioneer Press - Ellen Creager
[Review of previous edition] Think of it as the world's greatest hits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554078271
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/27/2010
  • Edition description: Revised and updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 856
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Founded in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has the ambitious goal to build peace in the minds of men and women through education, social and natural science, culture and communication.

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