The Great Wall by John Man
The Extraordinary Story of China's Wonder of the World

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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.


About John Man

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John Man is a British historian and travel writer with a special interest in Asia. A graduate of Oxford who also has studied at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, Man has written acclaimed and highly successful biographies of Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, and Kublai Khan, and two works of history: Alpha Beta, the story of the alphabet, and The Gutenberg Revolution, on the invention of printing.
Published August 4, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 357 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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A learned, lively history of the Great Wall's evolution that cuts it down to size without diminishing its allure.

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Walls or no walls, the ferocious Mongols rode to victory after bloody victory.

Mar 16 2008 | Read Full Review of The Great Wall: The Extraordi...

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