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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426204507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426204500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

YA-- One of the most impressive books published by the National Geographic Society. Its large format highlights the superb photographs: views of the buildings, people, grounds, and art treasures that most readers will have never seen before. With its combination of readable text and outstanding pictures, it's the next best thing to being there.&-
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bart McDowell a Texan by birth, covered topics ranging from Japan to the Aztecs during his 32 years with National Geographic Magazine.

James Stanfield is a National Geographic Society photographer. He has four times been named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers’ Association.

Customer Reviews

This book has wonderful pictures that are breath taking.
Tracy Beran
It is more of a picture book with a few notations and some small feature type articles, but nothing really mind-blowing.
B. Stewart
In addition to the wonderful photographs, the author gives valuable information about the Vatican.
Linda R.

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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you can get this book used for under $10 dollars
AND...
You are interested in the whole workings of the Vatican National Geographic sytle, buy it it, is a great book from that perspective.
It is not an over $20 dollar art book because a large number of pages which could have been used for images are wasted on oversize text. Five pages of the books text could have fit on one page.
The photographs are great, but they are of everything including wasted full page close ups of guards. If you want a general book on the vatican this book delivers......but if you thought that "Inside the Vatican" meant a lot of art you might not see otherwise this is not the right book for the price.
It is not an Art book like one thinks of with Konemann books, there are some good photos and enough for a general book like this but it does not have enough art to warrant the price, then again I guess no one really said it was supposed to be art book.
I have written this review just as a warning for some people who might think that there is a lot of art here.....it is not an art book. This fact is kind of a shame because after 65% of the book is finished and it finally does get to the "Treasures section" the photographs are decent, however it makes you wonder why did we need a whole page close up of a guards face and only a quarter page on some of the art.
The Wonderful frescoes of the Vatican are very few and most are the usual 4 token shots of the Sistine chapel.
The wonderful Hall of Constantine isnt covered at all. I agree with all the other reviewers, if you are a National Geographic format fan, this is one of their best efforts.
But....
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Eric Welch on September 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jim Stanfield is one of the most accomplished photographers to work for National Geographic. I met Jim several years ago, and he's a fine gentleman as well as an outstanding photographer. He won one of the top photojournalism awards in the world, in 1986, based partly on this body of work as well as an essay on Isreal. Bob Gilka, who was Jim's boss at National Geographic, told me he thought Jim was the most technically accomplished photographer working for the magazine. When there was an especially difficult job to do, it was given to him. And Jim's technical expertise shows through, but there's more here than technically superior images. These are stunningly gorgeous photographs in their own right. But they are more than that, they give you an insight into life at the Vatican that will never be repeated. Buy it. I can't wait for more books by Jim Stanfield to hit the shelves.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Joseph S. Wadas (roaminjoe@zebra.net) on September 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am the seminarian referred to in the book who led the authors on the tour of the necropolis underneath St. Peter's. Now, as a priest in Alabama, the book is a wonderful keepsake of my time in Rome. For those who have been to Rome, this book brings back great memories. For those who have not been, this book offers a rare glimpse into things few tourists see. This book is a MUST read!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda R. on June 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Because this book is a National Geographic book, it has beautiful pictures which capture the various aspects of the Vatican life. In addition to the wonderful photographs, the author gives valuable information about the Vatican. The only thing that I could have wished for this book is to have more detailed history of the Vatican. This book gives the reader a great foundation for the intriguing place called the Vatican State.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book serves two puposes: 1)To give the non-Catholic a look at what puts the "Roman" in Roman Catholic, and 2)A great art/photography book, although how can you go wrong when this is your subject. Either way, this is a great book to have on your coffee table....Catholic or not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jilles P. Van Harselaar on June 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought the book because I am interested in Italian Renaissance art. In this aspect it is a little bit disappointing. There should be far more interesting art objects than is covered. It was very nice to read about the history of the Vatican, to get a feeling for every day life in the Vatican. The knowledge in this book is important to better understand the position of art in relation to the ruling popes during the Renaissance.
I very much liked the photo's. They show the real craftmanship of James Stanfield. The three star rating is because the description seems to promise more about the Renaissance art than is given.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Long on July 21, 2000
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This book has stunning and well-done photos of the Vatican. The author had priviledged access to many areas that other photographers have not had. This book really shows you the history and beauty of the church's founding place. Well worth a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Jamison on June 7, 2007
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This is a lovely book. The pictures are beautiful and there were lots of them. But it is not just a picture book- it is full of information about The Vatican that I had never heard before. I didn't know that there were pinball machines and kiddie pools there-- for the families who live and work there. I thought that was an interesting facet of life behind Vatican walls. I especially liked the maps- they gave me a greater sense of how big Vatican City really is. The book certainly captures the granduer and splendor of this wonderful place.
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