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1001 historic sites you must see before you die
Cavendish, Richard.
Adult Nonfiction CC135 .A17 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this thick travel guide, Cavendish, a veteran travel writer and columnist for History Today magazine, assigns readers enough must-see agendas to fill several lifetimes. Well-organized by region and graced with thorough historical descriptions of each locale, this volume's impressive range incorporates everything from typical tourist destinations like Westminster Abbey, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, as well as unusual spots like the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Guinness Brewery in Dublin, and the Mercedes-Benz Factory in Stuttgart, Germany. What's missing is the information a tourist would need actually to visit these sites: directions, hours of operation, and other handy tips are overlooked. Probably too heavy handed for a casual tourist, this guide would be most useful for the experienced traveler or history buff. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

This is the latest entry in the publisher's "Must See Before You Die" series, with previous titles having covered such varied topics as movies, gardens, and natural wonders. Hefty but compact, the tome is organized according to five broad geographical regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. After that, things get dicey, as entries appear to be placed at random. To compensate, an "Index of Historic Sites" appears at the very front, with nations listed alphabetically and each nation including its own alphabetized roster of entries. Human-made structures, e.g., buildings, bridges, monuments, and the like, are emphasized. The sumptuous color photographs are accompanied by three to four paragraphs of text describing the particulars of location and construction and a brief history, often with surprising or ironic tidbits. For instance, the notorious Kilmainham Jail in Dublin, aka "the Irish Bastille," was ordered built in the 1790s by one Sir Edward Newenham. This being the era of debtors' prison, the hapless politician was incarcerated within the walls of his own creation shortly thereafter for not paying his bills. Enlivening the book is a certain literary air: snippets of poetry and quotations from belles-lettres immortalizing an architectural gem are frequently presented as call-outs, as in "Yet I remember the deep midnight, the Bridge of Sighs, the beauty of woman" (Edgar Allan Poe, The Assignation, 1834), which appears in the entry for this famed span in Venice, Italy. BOTTOM LINE Equal parts travel guide, edifice complex, and excuse for fantasizing about one's dream vacation, this book would be an appropriate addition to any public or academic library. Other options for the globetrotting history buff include 1000 Places To See Before You Die: A Traveler's Life List (Workman, 2003) and the World Heritage List online at whc.unesco.org/en/list. Both, however, have their drawbacks. The former has a touristy feel, listing sites that are more popular than historic. The latter, while free, contains only thumbnail photos and minimal text, neither of which does justice to the sites surveyed. Therefore, these two resources could more aptly be considered as supplements to, rather than replacements for, this book. [Available in print only.]--Michael F. Bemis, Washington Cty. Lib., Woodbury, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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