The Great Wall: From Beginning to End

The Great Wall: From Beginning to End


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The Great Wall: From Beginning to End by Michael Yamashita

It is arguably the greatest feat of civil engineering in history, and indisputably earth’s largest single cultural relic: begun during the Qin Dynasty (around 208 BC) and completed nearly 1,800 years later during the Ming Dynasty, the Great Wall of China spans more than 4,000 miles. At the dawn of the Beijing Olympics, the eyes of all the world are upon it.
Two men who navigated every inch of the Wall have collaborated on a lavishly-illustrated tribute to this amazing structure. Michael Yamashita, an award-winning National Geographic photographer, spent a year shooting the Wall, its environs, and the people who live in its shadow, for the magazine. One hundred and sixty of his magnificent photos grace this volume, which features text by William Lindesay, who not only conducts tours of the Wall and spearheads the movement to preserve it, but has actually run its entire length. Broken into three sections, The Great Wall provides an overview that debunks myths and dishes up rare facts and figures, a comprehensive history that proceeds dynasty by dynasty through its construction, and an account of Lindesay’s personal experiences of the Wall.

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ISBN-13: 9781402731600
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 12.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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The Great Wall: From Beginning to End 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was purchased in memory of a deceased relative. The wife was overwhelmed with emotion because it allowed her to reflect back on their trip to China and the Great Wall...and more... A MUST READ!
ENIQMA More than 1 year ago
The book takes you on a journey from beginning to end of the Great Wall of China. Travelers are a journalist with much experience on China and the country's history, and a photographer with a similar background. Facts on history and architecture of the Great Wall are combined with a view into today's China from various angles. You will enjoy this book if you like traveling or culture. I don't think it would make for a good history book as its emphasis is much on photos.