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Discover the most incredible man-made wonders, from Stonehenge to Burj Khalifa, with this unparalleled catalog of the most famous and intriguing buildings and monuments created by humans.

Man-Made Wonders of the World features a range of structures from buildings to monuments, statues, and bridges, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam.

It opens with a foreword by Dan Cruickshank and then takes the reader on a continent-by-continent journey, exploring and charting the innovations, ingenuity, and imagination employed by different cultures to create iconic buildings such as the Great Pyramid of Giza. This truly global approach reveals how humans tackled similar challenges, such as keeping the enemy out, in vastly different parts of the world, from the Great Wall of China to the defensive walls of Central American cities. Illustrations explain how the structures were built, while explanations cover the history, architecture, and unique stories behind their construction.

Featuring breathtaking images, Man-Made Wonders of the World is a complete celebration of the world humans have built over thousands of years.

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“A feast for the eyes, this informational volume will appeal not only to those interested in architecture, but also politics, economics, history, archaeology, and theology, as well as armchair travelers.” — Library Journal (Starred Review)

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Gary E. Hoover, the man with 57,000 Books
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Anyone who loves history, travel, or architecture will be amazed by this great book!
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2019
I buy tons of books, and this is one of the 3 or 4 most stunningly beautiful of 2019. It is also a tour de force of knowledge about global architecture and engineering. Every region of the world, historic era, and type and style of structure is included. I have been to... See more
I buy tons of books, and this is one of the 3 or 4 most stunningly beautiful of 2019. It is also a tour de force of knowledge about global architecture and engineering. Every region of the world, historic era, and type and style of structure is included. I have been to 45 countries in search of great architecture, yet discovered many sites I had not been aware of, as well as many of the best I have already visited. This is one of the really great books.....DK has outdone themselves, which is saying a lot!
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Stunning Pics!
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021
The book is really heavy. Well constructed. The photos are absolutely stunning. This would be a great gift, especially for a student preparing to embark on a post college life full of travel. Or give to folks who can’t travel because of Covid! Stunning pics!
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Beautiful but shallow, with mistakes
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2021
As a geographer/instructor I was excited to but this book to use in my class, but very disappointed to see mistakes and negligence on many historical man-made wonders, ... and the allocation of spaces to certain buildings seems disproportional with obvious favoritism.... See more
As a geographer/instructor I was excited to but this book to use in my class, but very disappointed to see mistakes and negligence on many historical man-made wonders, ... and the allocation of spaces to certain buildings seems disproportional with obvious favoritism.

Most notable mistake, the picture on the book is from Pink Mosque (Nasir al-Mulk Mosque) in Iran, but it is referenced to Lotus Temple, India!!!!
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Too Little Info on Too Many Items
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2020
I disagree with the publisher''s tradeoff between depth and breadth.
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JRouton
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My Favorite Coffee Table Book
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
The book has a fantastic collection of photos from all over the world. My wife and I enjoy traveling, and it is providing us with possible future destinations. I highly recommend it!
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Giovina
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Curious minds want to know!
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
I purchased this gorgeous volume for the stunning photography. Throughout the volume you find concise, descriptive information of the locations photographed.
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Nanette Z.
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Great value with great pictures and descriptions.
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2020
Great book with descriptions and great pictures.
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M Fox
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Wow!!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2021
This DK Smithsonian collaboration is over and above!!! Gorgeous book, especially during COVID restrictions! Helps me to appreciate buildings I have seen and that I want to see!
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Dr. Tim Parker
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Well-written and informative; excellent photographs. A fitting tribute to man-made structures!
Reviewed in Canada on March 23, 2020
This is a lovely book, both to actually read through page-by-page and to leave as a coffee table book (decoration, in other words!). But unlike some coffee table books, this one is actually interesting and informative! The book is focussed on man-made structures (buildings,...See more
This is a lovely book, both to actually read through page-by-page and to leave as a coffee table book (decoration, in other words!). But unlike some coffee table books, this one is actually interesting and informative! The book is focussed on man-made structures (buildings, bridges, etc) throughout history. Each structure is given a maximum of a double-page spread, most with one page or less, and has accompanying text explaining the building of the structure and what''s special about it, along with lots of photographs and diagrams. To say "heavily illustrated" would imply, in some peoples mind, that the pictures take dominance over the text, but they balance out and the text is well written and informative. The book is divided by geographic region (mostly continent-based) and subdivided by time, for the most part, with introductory content about building techniques over the centuries. The text is interesting to read and well written, and I learned a lot. It was also interesting to go through the selected man-made structures (many of which I''ve seen in person over my lifetime of travel) and get some inside information I wasn''t aware of. This is a fascinating book, and one most people will enjoy reading (as well as looking at the pictures)! It''s a heavy book, and beautifully presented and laid out. An excellent addition to your library. Or coffee table!
This is a lovely book, both to actually read through page-by-page and to leave as a coffee table book (decoration, in other words!). But unlike some coffee table books, this one is actually interesting and informative!

The book is focussed on man-made structures (buildings, bridges, etc) throughout history. Each structure is given a maximum of a double-page spread, most with one page or less, and has accompanying text explaining the building of the structure and what''s special about it, along with lots of photographs and diagrams. To say "heavily illustrated" would imply, in some peoples mind, that the pictures take dominance over the text, but they balance out and the text is well written and informative.

The book is divided by geographic region (mostly continent-based) and subdivided by time, for the most part, with introductory content about building techniques over the centuries. The text is interesting to read and well written, and I learned a lot. It was also interesting to go through the selected man-made structures (many of which I''ve seen in person over my lifetime of travel) and get some inside information I wasn''t aware of. This is a fascinating book, and one most people will enjoy reading (as well as looking at the pictures)! It''s a heavy book, and beautifully presented and laid out. An excellent addition to your library. Or coffee table!
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Pierre Gauthier
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Beautiful but Shallow!
Reviewed in Canada on January 12, 2021
This abundantly illustrated, large-size book presents a world-wide overview of 209 major human constructions, from Antiquity to the present, from pre-Columbian mounds to the Empire State Building. Each is discussed over one-half to two pages with a very short text, some...See more
This abundantly illustrated, large-size book presents a world-wide overview of 209 major human constructions, from Antiquity to the present, from pre-Columbian mounds to the Empire State Building. Each is discussed over one-half to two pages with a very short text, some photos and occasionally a plan or a section. Information is organized first by continent and, for each, chronologically. The range of constructions covered is remarkable: temples, churches, skyscrapers, bridges, single-family homes, amphitheatres, castles, entire cities, etc. This is followed by briefer reviews of 219 other sites, presumably of lesser importance. Though the magnitude of the endeavour may only be commended, many shortcomings must be pointed out: • Though the brief preamble is by a reputable expert, there are no stated authors for the book, so that readers are in no position to assess their credentials; • The criteria for selecting the constructions are not specified; • For undisclosed reasons, Mexico is excluded from North America and shown to be in “northern Central America”; • Doubts may be raised as to the quality of the information provided; just in the section on Versailles, there are two significant errors: contrary to the caption, the photo shown is not of the Grand Canal but of the Pièce d’eau des Suisses, which is much smaller, and the Petit Trianon was not constructed for Queen Marie-Antoinette but for the Marquise de Pompadour in 1769, when Marie-Antoinette was still living in her native Austria; • Why is North America the first geographical area discussed as it is not, by far, the most substantial? Why are measures predominantly given in feet rather than metres? This book may only be recommended to a very young public, say ten to fourteen years of age, for whom it may reveal the diversity of the world’s constructions. With its weak points, it may not however be trusted as a dependable reference for a more mature readership.
This abundantly illustrated, large-size book presents a world-wide overview of 209 major human constructions, from Antiquity to the present, from pre-Columbian mounds to the Empire State Building. Each is discussed over one-half to two pages with a very short text, some photos and occasionally a plan or a section. Information is organized first by continent and, for each, chronologically. The range of constructions covered is remarkable: temples, churches, skyscrapers, bridges, single-family homes, amphitheatres, castles, entire cities, etc. This is followed by briefer reviews of 219 other sites, presumably of lesser importance.

Though the magnitude of the endeavour may only be commended, many shortcomings must be pointed out:

• Though the brief preamble is by a reputable expert, there are no stated authors for the book, so that readers are in no position to assess their credentials;
• The criteria for selecting the constructions are not specified;
• For undisclosed reasons, Mexico is excluded from North America and shown to be in “northern Central America”;
• Doubts may be raised as to the quality of the information provided; just in the section on Versailles, there are two significant errors: contrary to the caption, the photo shown is not of the Grand Canal but of the Pièce d’eau des Suisses, which is much smaller, and the Petit Trianon was not constructed for Queen Marie-Antoinette but for the Marquise de Pompadour in 1769, when Marie-Antoinette was still living in her native Austria;
• Why is North America the first geographical area discussed as it is not, by far, the most substantial? Why are measures predominantly given in feet rather than metres?

This book may only be recommended to a very young public, say ten to fourteen years of age, for whom it may reveal the diversity of the world’s constructions. With its weak points, it may not however be trusted as a dependable reference for a more mature readership.
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creativity of humankind
Reviewed in Canada on November 13, 2020
after buying the book history of the world map by map,by the same DKedition,i bought in ebook format with kindle app,this other first quality book at very reduce price compare with the book itself. we can download the free kindle app for pc or android device. we receive the...See more
after buying the book history of the world map by map,by the same DKedition,i bought in ebook format with kindle app,this other first quality book at very reduce price compare with the book itself. we can download the free kindle app for pc or android device. we receive the content immediatly. it easy to use kindle.we can maximize the screen,continu reading where we stop,consuly the table of content at any time.i am please to decide to buy it because is a very serious knowledge.
after buying the book history of the world map by map,by the same DKedition,i bought in ebook format with kindle app,this other first quality book at very reduce price compare with the book itself. we can download the free kindle app for pc or android device. we receive the content immediatly. it easy to use kindle.we can maximize the screen,continu reading where we stop,consuly the table of content at any time.i am please to decide to buy it because is a very serious knowledge.
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Es un tesoro
Reviewed in Mexico on May 17, 2021
El libro es un tesoro. Bien documentado las fotos hermosas y las explicaciones claras. Lo recomiendo ampliamente.
El libro es un tesoro. Bien documentado las fotos hermosas y las explicaciones claras. Lo recomiendo ampliamente.
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