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Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels Hardcover – 1960


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company; hardcover edition (1960)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JJQ7S6
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book at age 16 and parted with it a year later.
marksutherland
Richard Halliburton has written a book to match the splendor of the sites that he describes.
Robert S. Cassady
He gets us excited to go visit these places and treats us with insider information.
Yeshua@Home

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Zaft on September 9, 2012
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I had read this book when I was young; my father had a copy he'd kept from when he was in high school. Alas it was heavily worn and water-damaged over the course of the years so I was very excited to find a copy for my own.

The book is classic travel-adventure from the late 30s. The first part details travels in the Occident, and the second part, the Orient. It is written as a father might write to his son (or daughter -- it's a bit dated, after all!). Reading as an adult, you might find the tone condescending if you don't bear in mind the audience he's writing for. It's written in the first person and has a large number of photographs and illustrations throughout.

Reading this some 70+ years after it was written it comes across not just as a travel book, but in many ways it captures a world that's long gone. Some of the places mentioned were later ravaged by World War II or other calamities.

Part one (Occident) contents:

A Marvelous Bridge (Bay Bridge)
The Golden Gate
The Highest Waterfall (Yosemite)
The Deepest Canyon (Grand Canyon)
The Greatest Dam (Hoover Dam)
Niagara
New York
Washington
Fort Jefferson
Popocatepetl
The Rain God's City (Chichen Itza)
Christophe's Castle (Haiti)
The Panama Canal
The Angel Architects (Machu Picchu)
Iguazu Falls
The River of January
Gibraltar
Carcassone
Mount St. Michael
The Ornament and the Honor of France (Reims Cathedral)
The Tiger of the Alps (Matterhorn)
The Monastery of St. Bernard
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Cassady on August 19, 2012
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Richard Halliburton has written a book to match the splendor of the sites that he describes. The basic premise of the book is a round the world trip to visit a variety of significant natural and historic sites. Although a number of famous places are omitted, he has a nice mix of the well and lesser known. Since Halliburton personally visited nearly all of the locations discussed, the book is infused with a multitude of personal touches, as diverse as climbing Mt. Fuji in winter, searching long lost tunnels near Jerusalem for the Holy Grail, and diving into the sacrificial lake at Chichén Itzá just to get an inkling for the emotions of those about to die. Furthermore, he generally weaves an interesting tale centered upon historical figures such as Zenobia, the monks at Mont Saint Michel, and the like to create a historical perspective in which to better understand the stones and ruins that remain.

The world that Halliburton describes is a friendly place with warm banter between him as narrator, you as the reader, and a multitude of individuals that are met along the way. He possesses a warm optimism that seems to be lacking in today's cynical world and his appreciation for wonders transcends race, country, and in many cases, religion. He seems like an individual that you would like to meet for dinner or to have as a companion on a voyage to far flung ruins.

Writing nearly 80 years ago, he occasionally delves into language or thinking that would currently be considered politically incorrect. Furthermore, much of freedom in which Halliburton cavorts around historical monuments is long gone. Despite this, the photographs and text should make even the most timid excited to leap off towards a grand adventure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie W. Peters on September 18, 2013
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This copy of this book was bought for my granddaughter. When I was young ( in the 1940's) my original copy was on a high shelf and came down every Sunday. First my father read it to me. Later I began reading under the pictures and later still I read the entire book. Not only did it instill a love of reading, but also and intense love of travel. I am so excited that it is still available. I have visited most of the places in the Occident and some of the places in the Orient. I hope my granddaughter loves it as much as I do. My 3 grandsons were given a copy just before the entire family went to Greece and to Crete. I certainly helped them enjoy the trip.
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As I have previously mentioned I am collecting all of his books for a daughter-in-law who became interested in Richard Halliburton when she found in her father's collection of first editions and other well written books which she had inherited several of his books. I am enjoying rereading them. He considered one of the best travel writers. As a Memphis (TN) as was he and living in his era I followed him as he took his adventurous trips. If you like travel his books are a must.
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This is a book I remember from my childhood. I was fascinated with the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," and they are all there, with pictures. Halliburton writes as though he is speaking to a young friend so a child feels that they are actually seeing these marvels themselves. If your child likes history and fantasy, this is a time tested classic book to keep in their bookshelf and take up together on a rainy day.
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