The World's Great Wonders : How They Were Made & Why They Are Amazing, Hardback Book

The World's Great Wonders : How They Were Made & Why They Are Amazing Hardback

Part of the Lonely Planet series

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*Go beyond the visual spectacle of the world's 50 greatest wonders, and discover what makes them such amazing places.

With stunning images and expert illustrations, experience and appreciate the most famous sights on earth in an exciting new way.Author: Lonely PlanetAbout Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community.

Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times'Lonely Planet.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications Ltd
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  • Category: Places & peoples: pictorial works
  • ISBN: 9781743214305



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I’ve read several Lonely Planet books, and while their “travel guides” leave me flat, their “travelogues” (i.e. Bluelists) inspire enthusiasm and awe. This book is definitely of the latter type, beautifully produced with lively writing and stunning color photographs.A world map shows all the locations at a glance. Then, each of the 50 “wonders” (20 natural, 30 man-made) gets individual treatment in an image-heavy section that opens with a “you are there” narrative, using the second-person point-of-view to immerse the reader in the experience of the place. There’s a deconstruction of the science and/or engineering of it, although, especially for the most ancient wonders, it’s often still a guess rather than knowing for sure. For the travel-minded, there are also details about how to get there, what else to do nearby, and similar sites elsewhere on the planet.My favorite of the naturals: Giant’s Causeway, the honeycomb-like landscape of hexagonal basalt columns in Ireland. My favorites of the man-made: Palm Jumeirah (island) and the Burj Khalifa (skyscraper), both in Dubai. My biggest surprise: that an aerial photo of the Mt. Everest area looks like a cross-section of cauliflower or the brain.The photos are wonderful to browse through and the information-rich text makes this a book to read cover-to-cover and keep.(Review based on a copy of the book provided by the publisher.)

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