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

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Hachette Books, Aug 4, 2009 - History - 384 pages
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.

 

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An interesting book part history, part travelouge. It is a pity that after going to such lengths to debunk some myths about the Great Wall and about the Roman Legion in China that John Man takes on ... Read full review

THE GREAT WALL: The Extraordinary Story of China's Wonder of the World

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A learned, lively history of the Great Wall's evolution that cuts it down to size without diminishing its allure.No, you can't see it from the moon. Nor is it an unbroken, serpentine glory of many ... Read full review

Contents

STONE
THE COMING OF THE MONGOLS
DISASTER AT TUMU
TO THE ORDOS AND BEYOND
GUARDING THE WAY WEST
THE CENTRE GROUND
CLIMBING AROUND BEIJING
THE END OF THE WALL THE END OF THE MING

WAR OVER THE WALL
THE WALL GOES WEST
WALLHUNT IN THE GOBI
THE CONCUBINE AND THE BARBARIAN
LOSING THE LOST LEGION
A GRASSLAND MYSTERY
THE WALL REBORN
A GREAT WALL CHRONOLOGY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
PICTURE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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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.

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