World's Greatest Wonders

From Nature's Special Places to Stunning Masterpieces Created by Outstanding Artists and Architects

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Pub Date 22 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 09 Mar 2020

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World's Greatest Wonders is an illuminating visual guide to 30 stunning man-made and natural wonders—with annotated 3-D reconstructions and cutaway models from various stages in human development that allow you to journey right to the heart of each of them.

We live on a unique planet. The only one that we know of that has life. Amidst the budding civilizations and testaments to human creativity and ingenuity, great geological and ecological diversity have surrounded us since humans took their first steps. The Earth has developed into a truly astounding place to live. The clash of the natural forces that sculpted earth’s surface for millions of years has been supplemented by the great creative spirit of human beings, who have built their own wonders. We have before us a whole world, our own to explore and discover, to find and revel in the natural paradises created by the patient hand of nature as well as the astonishing constructions imagined by the genius of humankind. You just have to look around and take in the spectacle.

The wonders: Stonehenge, Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Petra, Acropolis, Terracotta Army, The Colosseum, Teotihuacán, Nazca Lines, Chichen Itzá, The Moai, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, Forbidden City, St. Peter’s Basilica, Taj Mahal, Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, The Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Sahara, Virunga National Park, Kilimanjaro, Anjajavy, Himalayas, Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, and Tongariro.

See the best of human and natural creation in the World's Greatest Wonders.
World's Greatest Wonders is an illuminating visual guide to 30 stunning man-made and natural wonders—with annotated 3-D reconstructions and cutaway models from various stages in human development...

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This gorgeous book showcases the most amazing places on Earth, both natural and manmade from the Amazon to the Taj Mahal, all the places that have inspired humanity for centuries are represented with beautiful photos, maps and information about how and when they were formed or built

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An absolutely stunning book - nice balance of excellent photography and in depth information.

Also great that there are wonders in here that are lesser known.

Thanks to Quarto Publishing - Chartwell Books and Netgalley for the chance to read this advanced readers copy. I'll definitely be buying a copy for my school library.

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Really nice collection of images, ideal for travellers or artist references alike! Loads of interesting facts and immersive pictures that had me yearning to go and see this wonders in person.

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This is lovely book with gorgeous photos. Something I would like to add to my bookshelf once it's published

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A treasure of a book ,a book that features the greatest wonders of the world man made and natural .Fascinating details amazing photographs this is a perfect book for an armchair traveler like me,#netgalley#quartobooks

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This is an amazing book with stunning photography. It will have you itching to travel and to go and visit these wonderful sites. It is one of those books to lose yourself in while you peruse and dream. The information about each destination is excellent too, all key facts are given, and I especially liked the maps of each place. It meant you could get a feel for it and a sense of what it is like. Brilliant book, perfect for keeping in hardback on the coffee table or giving as a gift.

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A great introduction to some of the most interesting places in the world. Photographs and maps catch the reader's interest, and text is factual and concise, a good starting point for learning about each place. Some of the writing is a bit awkward (present tense about past times, for example), but it does the job.

Will likely purchase for my public library.

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World's Greatest Wonders

Author: Editors of Chartwell Books
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group - Chartwell Books
Pages: 256
On Sale: August 2020
Genre: HIstory, Travel, Photography
Stars: 4/5

From the Publisher:

World's Greatest Wonders is an illuminating visual guide to 30 stunning man-made and natural wonders—with annotated 3-D reconstructions and cutaway models from various stages in human development that allow you to journey right to the heart of each of them.

We live on a unique planet. The only one that we know of that has life. Amidst the budding civilizations and testaments to human creativity and ingenuity, great geological and ecological diversity have surrounded us since humans took their first steps. The Earth has developed into a truly astounding place to live. The clash of the natural forces that sculpted earth’s surface for millions of years has been supplemented by the great creative spirit of human beings, who have built their own wonders. We have before us a whole world, our own to explore and discover, to find and revel in the natural paradises created by the patient hand of nature as well as the astonishing constructions imagined by the genius of humankind. You just have to look around and take in the spectacle.

The wonders: Stonehenge, Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Petra, Acropolis, Terracotta Army, The Colosseum, Teotihuacán, Nazca Lines, Chichen Itzá, The Moai, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, Forbidden City, St. Peter’s Basilica, Taj Mahal, Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, The Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Sahara, Virunga National Park, Kilimanjaro, Anjajavy, Himalayas, Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, and Tongariro.

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From Me:
I thought this was really interesting, I loved the photos and the history and the cutaway images. It was a really great, in-depth look at places all around the world. Many of these I was familiar with but there was still a lot of new information and new perspectives.

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This is my kind of book. A stunning compilation of wonderful places around the world. Whether they be man made wonders like Petra and Giza. To the natural ones like Niagara Falls and the Himalayas.
Stunning photography throughout the book with some brilliant reconstruction images to help describe in more detail. A perfect learning tool.

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This book was beautiful and informative. It is split into two parts: man made wonders and wonders of nature. Here are the topics covered for these sections:

Man made wonders:
Stonehenge (England), Pyramids of Giza (Egypt), Valley of the Kings(Egypt), Petra (Jordan), Acropolis (Greece), Terracotta Army (China), The Colosseum (Rome), Teotihuacan (Mexico), Nazca Lines (Peru), Chichen Itza (Mexico), The Moai (Easter Island), Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Machu Picchu (Peru), Forbidden City (Beijing, China); St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome); Taj Mahal (India), Empire State Building (New York, USA), Sydney Opera House (Australia),

Wonders of Nature:
Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Amazon Forest (South America), Iguazu Falls (South America), the Sahara (Africa), Virunga National Park (Africa), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Anjajavy Forest (Madagascar), the Himalayas (Asia), Niagara Falls (USA/Canada), Grand Canyon (USA), Tongariro (New Zealand).

As you can see this covers a wide range of wonders from all parts of the world. I really enjoyed the wide variety and different types of wonders, especially the nature ones. Each place was discussed in 2-3 pages. While short for descriptions they were still very informative and portrayed how amazing these structures are. Each site also came with a blueprint of the site (for the man made ones anyways) that showed all the major areas of the site and gave some information about them. The natural wonders had diagrams featuring local flora and fauna of the area.

This book was filled with beautiful photographs of these locations. Quite a few of the photographs were of angles of the sites that were not widely known or advertised. The photographs were one of my favorite aspects of this book because they really captured the wonder of these places. I wish I could get posters made of a few of them actually.

Overall this was a fascinating book and I really recommend it if you are into historical structure. I learned so much from reading this book and have added so many of these places to my bucket list because of it.

*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*

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Great resource for anyone interested in nature, human history, and the world.
While this is not a travel guide - it doesn't give you tips on how to see the places or access them - it is a full guide as you would get it once you get to a sight and better.
Every Wonder is described, including the history, location and imporance. But the most interesting part are the maps and drawings of the places, with very detailed explanations, better than a lot of audio guides or written leaflets visitors are provided with.
Why it isn't going to help you plan a trip, it teaches you about places you have been to and places you may be thinking about. It is like a documentary you can watch (read) over and over, or at your own pace.

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With the recent(ish---10 years is recentish right?) reevaluation of the 7 wonders of the world I was happy to see such diversity of "wonders."
This had not only some of the new wonders and ancient wonders, but some that didn't make the cut that were fascinating to read about.
I highly enjoyed the digital re-imaginings of some of the wonders that have deteriorated with time.
Only downfall is that my travel wish list is now a bit thicker.
Much thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Chartwell Books for my DRC.

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you NetGalley.

Truly a gorgeous book. The photos are beautiful. The information in the book is useful and presented in an easy to read manner.

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This book has wonderful pictures with detailed descriptions of the world's greatest wonders. Some I have seen and the information about them is accurate and interesting. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

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The World's Greatest Wonders is a fabulous coffee table book for the traveler or the curious. With awesome pictures and details about the world's most interesting places it makes an awesome addition to the home of those who dream of travel.

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World's Greatest Wonders: From Nature's Special Place to Stunning Masterpieces Created by Outstanding Artists and Architects is both visually beautiful and an interesting read. The photographs are excellent, and the charts, maps and diagrams really help flesh out the facts/background on each of the places chosen. Each of the places chosen certainly fit the bill, though I'm sure some will argue in favor of places that didn't make it into the book. You've got to draw the line somewhere.

This is a beautiful "coffee table" book, and would be a perfect gift for those who love to travel or enjoy books about travel.

My thanks to NetGalley and Chartwell Books for allowing me to read an ARC of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions stated here are my own.

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A beautiful book depicting some of the most amazing parts of the world. Truly inspiring of things we need to see in this world and experience first hand. Thank you for allowing me to experience your creation.

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With eighteen man-made and twelve natural wonders, this coffee table book really does include the World’s Greatest Wonders.

From the familar like the Taj Mahal to the more obscure like Petra, many of the World’s Greatest Wonders are shown and described here. There a few glaring omissions like there are no Parisian churches or the Eiffel Tower listed. There seems to be a mesoamerican focus with four man-made wonders located there. However, the beautiful pictures of both details and bird’s eye views keep the book interesting. I especially like the two-page spreads of the extensive flora and fauna living in the each Wonders of Nature section.

Overall, this is a beautifully photographed book of both man-made and natural wonders. There is enough information to get a good idea of the region’s history and why it is important. 4 stars!

Thanks to Chartwell Books, Quarto Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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This book is absolutely beautiful! It shows both man-made wonders and wonders of nature, such as the Kilimanjaro, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands. For every wonder, there's a clear explanation of what it is, beautiful pictures and a map of where it's situated. It is a really interesting book and I learned a lot of fun facts. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the wonders in the world or who want to travel to any of them.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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A fantastic coffee table book to be browsed through whenever time allows. The pictures are amazing and the explanation, facts and historical data was fascinating. Highly recommend this book as it feels like you are at each of the places when you are reading about it.

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Love this exploration of the world's wonders - natural and otherwise. Most people would go through its sites little by little, but I flew through it in one day. Each site features a nice balance between text and visuals. I learned so many fun facts and especially enjoyed the recreations/cross sections.

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A nice look at different places. Introduction to the places, some images and a 3D visual with some more points of the site. Really good for those who like looking into these places.

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Worlds Greatest Wonders covers not just man made wonders but natural wonders as well. The book is very well laid out, each wonder is described in detail with clear and interesting facts and accompanied by beautiful photos.
A great coffee table book for those interested in travel.

I was given a digital copy of Worlds Greatest Wonders by NetGalley and the publishers in return for an unbiased review.

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Great details support interesting factoids about this selection of world wonders. Some faults of the genre book couldn't escape.

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Breathtaking book the photos are absolutely stunning. This book show off some of the most spectacular places on earth! I highly recommend it as both a resource and an unforgettable look at some of the most amazing places on earth. I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.

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An enjoyably browsable book that will appeal to even the most casual history buffs. Reading it is like wandering through a museum exhibit.

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I enjoyed this book, lots of interesting facts and beautiful photo’s. Both man made and natural sites, it was nice to see a contrast. Great book to if you’re an armchair traveller or have wanderlust!

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.

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The bird's eye views, cross sections and other diagrams in this book are wonderful! Love love love them! I really liked how I could look into the tomb of Tutankhamen for example and see how he was buried with several layers of caskets and several layers of shrines. I've never seen it featured that way before and the diagram makes it much much clearer than any description could. You know what they say - a picture paints a thousand words!

18 man-made wonders and 12 God-made wonders. Loved looking at all of them. Wish there were more!

The key facts are given so you don't have to read a lot of text.

The type of book to buy a hardcopy of, for sure! And pore over it with a young child or friend. Or just admire by yourself, Makes me want to visit some of them...not all, heard that stonehenge is just a pile of rocks in the middle of nowhere. Ha!

Thank you, Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Chartwell Books for the ARC. This is my honest review.

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When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

World's Greatest Wonders is an illuminating visual guide to 30 stunning man-made and natural wonders—with annotated 3-D reconstructions and cutaway models from various stages in human development that allow you to journey right to the heart of each of them.

We live on a unique planet. The only one that we know of that has life. Amidst the budding civilizations and testaments to human creativity and ingenuity, great geological and ecological diversity have surrounded us since humans took their first steps. The Earth has developed into a truly astounding place to live. The clash of the natural forces that sculpted earth’s surface for millions of years has been supplemented by the great creative spirit of human beings, who have built their own wonders. We have before us a whole world, our own to explore and discover, to find and revel in the natural paradises created by the patient hand of nature as well as the astonishing constructions imagined by the genius of humankind. You just have to look around and take in the spectacle.

The wonders: Stonehenge, Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Petra, Acropolis, Terracotta Army, The Colosseum, Teotihuacán, Nazca Lines, Chichen Itzá, The Moai, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, Forbidden City, St. Peter’s Basilica, Taj Mahal, Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, The Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Sahara, Virunga National Park, Kilimanjaro, Anjajavy, Himalayas, Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, and Tongariro.

See the best of human and natural creation in the World's Greatest Wonders.

This is an interesting book that is hard to review in total as the hard copy of the book is full of 3d cutouts that are impossible to ascertain what they will look like when all you have is a Kindle with a screen. That aside, it looks like a great book to have on your coffee table and peruse the sections on man-made wonders and natural ones. It is just hard to say how bad/good/great/when all you have is a screen.

Buy it in hard copy only! (That is why it gets a middle-of-the-road-near-the-chicken 3/5) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🐔🐔🐔

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I enjoyed looking thorugh this book that features the world's greatest wonders. Many of them I have been to, so it is cool to look back on those trips. Many of them I haven't been yet, so it gave me an incentive to look towards planning a new trip. The photos and information are encouraging if you have any wanderlust.

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This is a beautiful “coffee table” book, and a feast for the eyes. The first part of the book shows the magnificence of man-made structures. It is fascinating to learn about how and why these were built. The second part of the book features natural wonders, from the Antarctic to the Sahara Desert. The illustrations are detailed, and the photographs are absolutely beautiful. Recommended!

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Another beautiful coffee table book this time about the wonders of the world many which we know and some I did not know that much about. This book is full of beautiful illustrations and 3D cut outs and details about the sites which is a fascinating read for anyone. I really want to go off exploring after reading this book but once again feel this book is one you have to read in physical form not electronically so you can enjoy it properly.

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Earth is dotted with so many wonders, that it is impossible to visit all. But thankfully we have books to help us.
This picture book takes reader on a stunning and enjoyable tour of most astonishing places on earth which everyone should visit if possible.
I liked the stunning pictures which give two or three angles of the place.
It is accompanied by wonderful description of the site.
I like maccu pichu, itza, maoi fighters, stone henge, pyramids and Taj Mahal.
It was a satisfying reading and also aroused curiosity about wonderful places waiting for your attention.
Thanks netgalley and publisher for review copy.

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AUTHOR

Written by Editors of Chartwell Books.

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE?

Do you enjoy thumbing through travel magazines during the cold winter evenings? Would you like referring to a publication to refresh facts from an impressive reference book? Perhaps you just enjoy owning beautiful things. If you answered yes to either question then you might want to read on.

SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time there was a list of seven wonders of the world. Chartwell Books have taken the concept and created the World’s Greatest Wonders. It is a high-quality gallery book. If you are familiar with the original seven wonders you will recognize a few included in the 30 locations presented in World’s Greatest Wonders.

The World’s Greatest Wonders, by Editors of Chartwell Books is a spectacular volume jammed full of impressive high quality, full color, high-definition illustrations, and photographs. The guide is sub-divided into two sections: man-made wonders and natural wonders.

There is a genuine sense of quality in this tome; from the materials employed in its construction to the multitude of creative techniques utilized to produce such a ravishing spectacular feast for the eyes. Some pages are designed using striking paneled images organized to sit comfortably alongside nuggets of clear and concise information. Other pages have cut away visuals or schematics that vary wide-angle and close up images alongside bird’s eye views of the greatest wonders in the world today. In the case of the Naska lines, there is a double page spread magnificent in its awe inspiring complexity. With each turn of the page, there is yet another full color, high definition heavenly picture with maps showing the geographic location. Other elements that give the work a real sense of drama and excitement are the two-dimensional cut away models, architectural illustrations and drawings, as well as city wide images. In addition, there are a multitude of highly creative diagrams, including not to be missed eco diorama’s and panorama’s that have to be seen to be believed. The visuals are accompanied by important details about the subject that include age, size, dimensions, height, weight, historic background, and associated myths or legends.

It’s obvious that a significant amount of time, money, and effort have been employed in the creation of the World’s Greatest Wonders. The graphic designers, architects and illustrators have seriously out-done themselves. You will often hear the phrase that ‘a thing of beauty is a joy forever’ and it is also true of the World’s Greatest Wonders.

CONCLUSION

This hardback is definitely worthy of your home library. There are biodiverse cross-sectional illustrations that are absolutely captivating. If you want to know more about such varied sites as: Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sidney Opera House, the Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica; or natural sites of great wonder such as: the Amazon, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, the Sahara, or Kilimanjaro, then World’s Greatest Wonders is a must have.

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Such an interesting book to go through and learn more about places I've been, and add more to the to-see list!

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This was a wonderfully educational and beautifully illustrated book detailing many of the worlds great sites and natural wonders! For those who love history and love travel this book is for you! Great for all ages. I would absolutely love to purchase a copy of this once available for my family to enjoy.

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A great and inspirational travel book that has me planning more trips! if you need travel inspiration this is a great book!

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A real gem: exactly the sort of book I wondered over as a young boy - but this is for adults too. I especially loved the photos of the wonders as they are now - and the sketches of their 'restored' state. A book like this is an investment in imagination and inspiration, and something to own in print if possible. Highly recommended.

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An encyclopedia of human-made and natural wonders around the world. From the pyramids at Giza to the Amazon rainforest, each wonder gets a page or two of facts and description, plus inside-look diagrams. Fascinating reading for science enthusiasts, nature lovers, and those who enjoy mysterious features like Stonehenge. Good for adults and advanced young readers, who will enjoy the pictures if nothing else.

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We all know that the world is full of wonders though often we don't even think about them.  This beautifully photographed title will remind you to be in awe of some amazing places.  It features both man-made and natural wonders including places like Stonehenge, Petra, Chichen itza, St Peter's Basilica and more in the man-made section while the natural wonders include The Galapagos Islands, Iguazu Falls, Kilimanjaro, Niagara Falls and others.

Each wonder is placed on a map, is gorgeously photographed and diagrammed.  A lovely book for the armchair traveler.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.  I look forward to seeing the print copy of this one.

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