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Book Title: The Great Wall Revisited: From the Jade Gate to Old Dragon's Head|
The author of the book: William Lindesay
ISBN 13: 9780674031494
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.14 MB
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Edition: Harvard University Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2008
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Reader ratings: 7.9
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I took this book as research on what I consider amazing feats of the ancient world, not realizing the truth about the Great Wall of China. It appears that each dynasty, going back to ancient days, had built a great wall; pieces of some of the walls apparently remain. What I would learn is that there have been many Great Walls, but the wall shown on television, is considered the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, work on this wall continued for 300 years ending at approximately 1644. Although it took the Chinese 300 years, it may be true that the Ming Dynasty Great Wall went from desert to sea.
This book not only had a great history of the wall, it also had pieces of a journal kept by the first explorer credited with exploring the great wall and side-by side photographs taken in 1909 and roughly 2005. This is the first book that I have seen photos taken over a 100 year era where you can actually tell that the area that was originally photographed was what the new photo entailed.
Although I learned immediately that the Great Wall had gone through many transitions, I found myself captivated by this book, spending far more time then I would have anticipated, reading it. Due to the interesting history and the side-by-side photos, I believe this deserves a 5 star rating.
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Read information about the authorEnglishman William Lindesay studied geography and geology at Liverpool University and in 1987 made what China's official Xinhua News Agency described as "the most successful foreign exploration of the Great Wall" in a 2,470 km solo adventure. Since 1994 he has primarily been engaged in systematic research of the Great Wall in the Beijing region and has organized two major "Great Wall Clean Ups".
--from the author's website