Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Castle by Richard Platt

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Carry out the King's secret mission and learn of medieval life at the same time.
 

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Published September 15, 1994 by Dorling Kindersley. 32 pages
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Viewing human history from an unusual angle, Hooper and Biesty follow a scrap of gold as it passes through many forms and hands over thousands of years.

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Biesty renders each deck and duty in enthralling detail: the ship swarms with tiny men dousing fires, stowing or breaking out gear, working and playing with equal vigor, using the toilets, lying in the surgery near buckets of severed limbs, chasing rats in the stores.

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Ten castles, including two that are not European, get the Biesty treatment, with full-spread, minutely detailed aerial views featuring cutaway sections and antlike swarms of residents.

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Once again, this team (Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections: Castle, 1994, etc.) invite readers on a fabulous tour that leads from an ``exploded'' view of the human body (all anatomy, skin, clothes, and accessories clearly visible in systematic drawings in which the mustache hovers in front of skin, t...

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Another Biesty marvel, the pages thronging with detail and color, bursting at the seams from all the information per square inch, and filled with wonderful oddities secreted in the illustrations (don't miss the prisoner left to rot in the fittingly named ``forget-me-not'').

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A knight or a baron may dwell in the 14th-century castle lovingly recreated here, but Platt and Biesty's (Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Man-of-War) latest book is, quite simply, fit for a king. In t

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Sites are pan-Atlantic--the Empire State Building is shown along with the London Underground--so readers won't mind that the featured auto factory attaches the steering wheel to the ``wrong'' side of the car.

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Even the most confirmed landlubbers may find themselves chanting ``Yo-ho-ho!'' by the time they've reached the last of Biesty's 10 uncannily well-executed spreads, each of which shows a cross-section of a 100-gun man-of-war modeled after Admiral Nelson's flagship, the HMS Victory , built in 1765.

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Biesty (Incredible Cross-Sections) is far too modest--""incredible"" hardly does his books justice.

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A knight or a baron may dwell in the 14th-century castle lovingly recreated here, but Platt and Biesty's (Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Man-of-War) latest book is, quite simply, fit for a king.

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