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

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

by Diana Preston, Michael Preston
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Walker & Company
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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. 9 reviews.
CaiClem More than 1 year ago
assigned research project. While given many book options, I chose to read this one in order to do my research. When I began reading it was pretty boring, especially with History being my least favorite subject. However, attitude goes a long way, and as soon as I changed my attitude about reading it I began to enjoy the book. The book starts by introducing the past emperors and relatives before Shah Jahan, which I was a little anoyed with since I was hoping to go straight into the love story between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. But, I was still happy about getting the background story because later on in the book, I needed all that information in order to understand what was happening. Even though it would drag on about things, this book is heavily detailed and I would definitely recommend reading it, especially if you either need detailed research on this topic, or you're just interested in the history of the Moghul Empire.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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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