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Building History - The Tower of Pisa Hardcover – April 24, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Building History
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lucent Books; 1 edition (April 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560068744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560068747
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Explains how architectural decisions were made in response to changing technologies and tastes as the structures were built, destroyed, and rebuilt. She presents additional material in sidebars about the...specific architectural features, and important individuals."
-- School Library Journal (September 2001) (School Library Journal 20010901)

"A variety of illustrations and contemporary remarks about the building complement and enhance the text."
-- Calliope (April 2002) (UNKNOWN 20020401)

"This well-researched account is packed with detailed information about the technical principles of construction, architectural features, and maintenance of these important...structures. Extensive use of quotes from primary and secondary sources present interesting descriptions of life and customs...and the problems that needed to be addressed - both technical and administrative - to make these structures possible. Sidebars provide biographical material about major designers and builders. Overall, a well-organized, lucidly written resource."
-- School Library Journal (March 2001) (School Library Journal 20010301)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christina on August 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Barter's book on the Tower of Pisa is the only comprehensive book I could find on the tower and is a fascinating history. Barter provides a thorough history of medieval bell towers and defense towers followed by a detailed history of how the tower was constructed, why the tower leans, and what is currently being done to stop the lean.
Read this book before visiting Pisa!
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