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The Great Wall (2008)
by John Man
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An interesting book part history, part travelouge. It is a pity that after going to such lengths to debunk some myths about the Great Wall and about the Roman Legion in China that John Man takes on board Gavin Menzies pure fantasy about Chinese colonies in the Americas and Australia at face value. ( )
Books of the history of China are often too dry; often too vast, and often too biased. Using the backbone of the Great Wall as a backbone for historic and geographical travel throughout China, the author offers the reader a regard both skeptical and at the same time full of awe, of the historical moments that surrounded the building of this outstanding monument.
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John Man travels the entire length of the Great Wall and across two millennia to find the truth behind the legends. Along the way, he delves into the remarkable and complex history of China--from the country's tribal past, through the war with the Mongols, right up to the modern day when the Great Wall is once more a commanding emblem of China, the resurgent superpower.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)951 — History and Geography Asia China and region
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