The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Extraordinary Story of China's Wonder of the World

By John Man

Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780306817670, 352pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2008


John Man brings the past to life by traveling along China’s Great Wall, vividly describing its obscure origins, remarkable expansion, and stunning physical presence.

About the Author

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in China and Mongolia. His several acclaimed books include Genghis Khan. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Praise For The Great Wall

Publishers Weekly, 7/7/08
“This engrossing and well-researched history of China’s most famous architectural project whets the reader’s appetite to tread in Man’s footsteps.”

Kirkus Reviews
“A learned, lively history of the Great Wall’s evolution that cuts it down to size without diminishing its allure…A shifting, kaleidoscopic portrait—cultural, geopolitical, symbolic—that puts the mighty edifice into perspective…Man presents readers with a Wall for every season, even more awe-inspiring in its workaday clothes than in its romantic garb.”

Augusta Metro Spirit
“In a well-crafted narrative blending actual experience with historical data, John Man offers a fascinating view…Man once again breathes fresh life and interest into the old stone fragments that dominate our visions of the past.”

Library Journal, 10/01/08
“If you didn't get to China this summer, [this book] will help make up for it…A readable history…[Man] regales us with his adventures traveling along the present-day Great Wall. His tone is knowledgeable, breezy, and sometimes a little breathless as he skillfully debunks what is left of the myths about the wall…Acknowledge[s] and make[s] good use of recent Chinese scholarship…Recommended.”

Charleston Post & Courier, 10/5/08
“Man does an exceptional job of seeing the philosophy behind the structure and in explaining its history.”

Multicultural Review, Winter 2009
“An insightful and balanced view of the history of the Great Wall…Engaging…A delight for the general reader.”