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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756698294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756698294
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LD TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've looked at a lot of books specializing in eras of architecture, famous buildings that interest tourists, innovative architectural designs, and historical progression of design. But this DK book provides the broadest expanse of styles, eras, and global designs.

Spanning 2500 BC from the Great Pyramid to the 2010 Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum, you will marvel at the exterior and interior color photos, cutaway drawings, and closeup photos. Most pages have 4 large photos but in several examples it takes 2 pages to show 1 photo. Most of every page is photos or drawings but the text boxes contain lots of specific information. Other books just tell the name of the room, its construction date, and the materials used. This is far more comprehensive.

The book is divided into these time periods: 2500 BCE-1100 AD, 1100-1500, 1500-1700, 1700-1900, and 1900-2010. While Europe provides the majority of examples, the other continents are also represented in the 53 magnificent buildings shown. DK lives up to their legacy of superb graphics and photos although the cover doesn't even hint at the satisfaction to be gained by looking inside. You will get a lot of comments from visitors if you leave this masterpiece out as a "coffee table book".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Gauthier on January 13, 2013
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Ambitiously, this abundantly illustrated book sets out to describe great buildings from all times that survive today and that may be found throughout the world. The approach to each is systematic and includes an introduction, a map or a 3-D rendering locating the elements shown in the photographs provided and captions to each of these. For some buildings, the coverage is extended to six pages; for others, it is reduced to two. The overall organization is chronological from 2500 BCE to the present.

The result is impressive in many ways:
* The buildings discussed include not only the most famous (the Great Pyramid, the Cathedral in Chartres, the Sydney Opera, etc.) but also many that are less known or unexpected: Borobudur, the Borgund Stave Church, Himeji Castle, etc.
* Photographs often include interiors that are usually omitted from such works but that are certainly interesting both for large buildings such as the Brasilia Cathedral and for small ones such as Fallingwater or the Villa Savoye;
* The lay-out is systematic and well structured but includes enough variety to avoid monotony.

Unfortunately, the editors have not succeeded in avoiding numerous mistakes and misstatements that include the following:
* It is not true that `Many later rulers also lived at Versailles' (page 147); in fact, the Palace was so closely associated with pre-Revolutionary times that none ever did.
* The caption to the photograph of the `Cabinet de la pendule' describes it as the King's bedchamber (page 150).
* The gardens in Versailles may not `be appreciated best from the royal bedchamber' as they lie to the West of the palace and the windows in the king's bedroom all face the rising sun to the East (page 149).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosalind Kaliden on February 26, 2014
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I could spend hours and hours with this volume. which finally puts an historic line underneath these magnificent structures that span the breadth of man's inventiveness. The photos are wonderful, the art is most instructive and the text is supportive enough to make me feel that I really know something significant about each building. It is architectural history in one volume. The editors chose the most dazzling buildings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spikeyboo on October 29, 2013
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exquisite layout and a great variety of buildings. Descriptions of the buildings are limited to certain key aspects of each. This is an easy-to-read book, good for teenagers and adults, and those fascinated by impressive architecture, style, and places in the world to see and experience.
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By susan cook on March 17, 2015
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This book is beautiful and covers many architectural masterpieces. I just love it.
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By Process on January 23, 2015
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Gorgeous book, photos and history.
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