Author(s): Hugh Thomson
From Stonehenge to the Empire State Building and from Angkor Wat to the Pyramids, this book surveys every continent to discover the most impressive, exotic and intriguing man-made wonders of the world. Arranged in order of latitude, and illustrated with over 150 spectacular Giant-size photographs, maps and illustrations, '50 Wonders of the World' reveals the awe-inspiring architectural achievements that man has created over the centuries. This is also the story of the extraordinary peoples and civilisations that created these buildings and the key roles they played as centres of religion, culture or trade. The featured buildings and monuments include: Sydney Opera House, Eiffel Tower, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Easter Island statues, Hall of the Great Buddha, Sagrada Familia, Colosseum, Golden Gate Bridge, Neuschwanstein and Stonehenge, to name but a few.
Hugh Thomson is an unusual combination of writer, film-maker and explorer. Hugh has led many expeditions to Peru, starting in 1982 when he was 21, and has now become one of Britain's foremost modern explorers of Inca settlements. His recent memoir Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico describes his early experiences travelling through that country and his interest in the Maya.