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Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels Hardcover – November, 1984

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill (November 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051736770X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517367704
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I found a 1941 copy of this book at a military DRMO sale for a quarter in Berlin, Germany in 1990 just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I found a kindred spirit in Richard Halliburton. I joined the military with Europe guarranteed in my contract because of my thirst to see the world. I was very fortunate to be stationed in Berlin during the fall of the Wall, and was sent to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Gulf war. Later, my husband, son and myself were stationed in Spain and I was able to visit Morocco, Africa and Gibraltor and Portugal. On these adventures I always felt as if I were a co-conspirator with Mr. Halliburton. I soaked up every minute and second during my adventures knowing that eventually I would have to leave these places and wanted them to last forever in my mind. When I found this book, I first thought before I read it, "This looks interesting." Now it is a treasure to me. Now that my son is older I will start reading it to him. I would like to buy other books by him and am dismayed that they too are out of print. I hope something can be done about that.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm now 58 years old, but still remember first reading this book when I was 10. I can't remember how many times I would pick up this book and be transported as a child to so many different cultures. If I could find it, I would read it over and over and then give it to my grandchild when I felt he was old enough to even look at the pictures. I credit Mr. Halliburton with not only showing me the world, but starting me on my life long love of books. I too wish this book could be brought back into print. It belongs in every school and every home, for young and old alike.
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Format: Hardcover
My father bought this book for me when I was 6, back in the middle 50s. While my other friends were boringly reading "run, spot, run," I was being introduced to places I could only wonder about. I was entranced by his chapter on Chichen Itza and that chapter alone was THE push that allowed me to become an archaeologist many years later. Richard Halliburton will always be a hero of mine, as he gave me a love of travel, other cultures, reading, and learning. I think there is a small pocket of people across the world who have been touched by this author in the same way I have.

katwas (Juneau, Alaska)
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Format: Hardcover
There's not a lot to add to the previous reviews. I too discovered the book as a young adolescent (because I am from Halliburton's home town of Memphis, Tennessee) and read it as a bedtime book to my son. It's much more than a travel book because Halliburton not only gives his wonderful descriptions and pictures of marvelous places all over the world but also his infectious sense of romance and wonder. My most memorable chapters, swimming in the forbidden pool at the Taj Mahal and diving into the sacrificial pit at Chichen Itza, are prime examples of the daring and adventuresome approach to life that should make this book required reading in today's schools. The fact that it is not, and is even out of print today, seems to me a sad reflection of our society's choice of conformity and routine over risk taking and intellectual curiosity.
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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
St.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up my father's first printing of this when I was just starting to read as a little boy. It was the book which captivated him at the same age and made him determined to travel the world and see all its wonders. A tall order for a poor kid in the middle of the depression. But my father has traveled to every corner of this earth, and has been to all the locations in the Book of Marvels. I got caught in the same net, and I'm still traveling far and wide, thanks to this one book. The power of literature ... Oh, I still have that first edition, now dog-eared and timeworn from the eager fingers of little boys. And I'm starting to read it to my little niece and nephew - and they've already been to Rome, Helsinki, London, the Scottish Highlands, Austria, Sweden and Dublin. At four and six years of age, they're *way* ahead of my father and I!
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