The Ancient Engineers
ISBN 13: 9780345320292
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 1980
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The Pyramids of Giza, the Parthenon of Greece, the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum of Rome . . . Today, we stand in awe before these wonders of the ancient world. They hold our history and the deepest secrets of our past in their hidden recesses.
In THE ANCIENT ENGINEERS, L. Sprague de Camp delves into the heart of the mystery. He introduces us to the master builders who had the vision, the power, and the passion to reach for the clouds and touch the heavens. We share in some of the greatest technological triumphs of all time -- triumphs of the human mind, imagination, and spirit.
"To those educated to view history as consisting almost entirely of the clash of armies in mortal combat and statesmen in sonorous debate, concern with safety pins and central heating may seem a worm's-eye view. Perhaps this might be so were the author someone else. Mr. de Camp, however, has the trick of being able to show technology engaging in feats as full of derring-do as those of Hannibal's army....'The Ancient Engineers' is history as it should be told, both in content and in style."
Isaac Asimov, New York Times Book Review, 5/12/63
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