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As soon as I saw that this 2012 book was from DK (Dorling Kindersley Ltd.) in Great Britain, I knew it would be good. Their publications are always well done, with a fine layout, excellent photographs, and good content on high quality paper. This particular offering did not disappoint. Chronologically covering 4500 years of architectural achievements, it gives photographs, commentary, and a brief biography of the architect, when one can be identified. Beginning with the pyramid at Giza, Egypt, the Parthenon in Athens, and the Colosseum in Rome, author Wilkinson continues down through history, including such edifices as the Alhambra in Spain, the Versailles Palace in France, and the Houses of Parliament in the U.K. There are also some American buildings -- the Chrysler Building in New York City, Monticello in Virginia, and Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania. Many of the buildings were familiar to me, but many also were not, such as the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai and Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal. Check this out for a great tour around the world.
Great buildings : [the world's architectural masterpieces explored and explained]