The Great Wall
From Beginning to End
Two men who navigated every inch of the Wall have collaborated on a lavishly-illustrated tribute to this amazing structure. Michael Yamashita, an award-winning National Geographic photographer, spent a year shooting the Wall, its environs, and the people who live in its shadow, for the magazine. One hundred and sixty of his magnificent photos grace this volume, which features text by William Lindesay, who not only conducts tours of the Wall and spearheads the movement to preserve it, but has actually run its entire length. Broken into three sections, The Great Wall provides an overview that debunks myths and dishes up rare facts and figures, a comprehensive history that proceeds dynasty by dynasty through its construction, and an account of Lindesay’s personal experiences of the Wall.
William Lindesay has written two previous books about the Great Wall. He conducts tours of the Wall and is director-general of International Friends of the Wall, which has partnered with the Beijing Bureau of Cultural Relics and the Beijing office of UNESCO to preserve the primitive, natural, and cultural landscapes of the Great Wall.