The Great Wall: The Extraordinary Story of China's Wonder of the World

The Great Wall: The Extraordinary Story of China's Wonder of the World

by John Man

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The Great Wall: The Extraordinary Story of China's Wonder of the World by John Man

It is a wonder of the world. Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists journey to the Great Wall of China, and a myriad of photographs have made it familiar to millions more. Yet its story remains mysterious and steeped in myth.

In this riveting account, John Man travels the entire length of the Great Wall and across two millennia to find the truth behind the legend. Along the way, he delves into the remarkable and complex history of China—from the country's tribal past through its war with the Mongols to its present-day status as a resurgent superpower.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306818394
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in China and Mongolia whose list of acclaimed books includes Genghis Khan. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents


List of Maps     vii
A Note on Spelling     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction: The Wall of China Does Not Exist     1
Earth
The First Emperor's Less-than-Great Wall     15
The Wall's Everywoman     37
A Threat from the North     51
War over the Wall     62
The Wall Goes West     77
Wall-hunt in the Gobi     103
The Concubine and the Barbarian     118
Losing the Lost Legion     125
A Grassland Mystery     138
Stone
The Coming of the Mongols     155
Disaster at Tumu     179
To the Ordos, and Beyond     197
Guarding the Way West     216
The Centre Ground     225
Climbing around Beijing     244
The End of the Wall, the End of the Ming     274
The Wall Reborn     295
Dates and Dynasties     317
Bibliography     319
Picture Acknowledgements     325
Index     327

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