World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 981 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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9781770852532: World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 981 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Expanded and updated to include the 45 sites added to the World Heritage List in 2012 and 2013.

Praise for previous editions:

"No school, public, or academic library could go wrong including the very affordable World Heritage Sites in both reference and circulating collections."
-- Booklist

"The beauty of this book is in both the lavish photographs and the accessibility of information... An excellent (and affordable) addition to any library."
-- Library Journal

This new, fifth edition presents the complete and most up-to-date list of 981 World Heritage sites, including the 26 sites inscribed in 2012 and the 19 sites inscribed in 2013. Some of these newly inscripted sites are Red Basque Bay Whaling Station, Canada; Historic Centre of Agadez, Niger; Medici Villas and Gardens, Tuscany, Italy; Mount Etna, also in Italy; and the Nabib Sand Sea in Namibia.

The strict listing criteria mean only the most extraordinary, important and best-managed sites make the cut. Other inscripted sites include the Statue of Liberty, the Great Barrier Reef, the Historic Center of Vienna, Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site, Australian Convict Sites, Prehistoric Caves of Yagul (Mexico), Robben Island, Ancient Damascus, Kremlin and Red Square and the Tower of London.

Failure to maintain the criteria can result in delisting, the fate of Arab Oryx Sanctuary in 2007 and Dresden Elbe Valley in 2009.

Clear text gives a brief history of the site, explaining its significance and the criteria that put it on the list. A location map gives readers an instant understanding of where it is in the world and color photographs illustrate the site. This is an ideal reference for trip planning, as a travel guide or for the armchair traveler.

The World Heritage List is a roll call of the world's most important cultural, natural and mixed sites. The purpose of the list is to safeguard cultural and natural heritage considered to be of outstanding, universal value to humanity. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has overseen the list since its inception in 1959.

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded in 1945 with the ambitious goal to build peace in the minds of men and women through education, social and natural science, culture and communication.

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[Review of previous edition] Pat Carrier, owner of the Globe Corner, says his customers have been very enthusiastic about World Heritage Sites. (Beth J. Harpaz ABC News 2009-11-15)

[Review of previous edition] [A] good introduction to the range and scope of this global preservation program. (Blog on Books 2011-03-01)

[Review of previous edition] Highly attractive and informative.... What makes this compact, sturdily covered and bound paperback an invaluable reference book is its coverage of the complete list of the current sites.... Though the phrase "recommended for all libraries" is overused, no school, public, or academic library could go wrong including the very affordable World Heritage Sites in both reference and circulating collections. The official World Heritage Web site, which includes many additional photographs and features, is also highly recommended. YA: For teens, this very browsable book will provide numerous historical, geographic, aesthetic, and perhaps even moral lessons. (Craig Bunch Booklist 2010-02-15)

[Review of previous edition] Guides you to visually thrilling locales around the world. (Sheldon Kirshner Canadian Jewish News 2010-12-09)

[Review of previous edition] World Heritage Sites is a great reminder that it isn't just land that we need to protect, but the hundreds of thousands of treasures from ancient civilizations, cultural relics, natural habitats and other sites important to human history.... This guide arranges them chronologically by the year they were designated by UNESCO, and offers color photos, a brief history and explanation of their further significance, the criteria that put them on the list and, for some of the sites, additional trivia. (Kyle Wagner Denver Post 2009-10-11)

[Review of previous edition] Really a great and informative publication! (digonsite.com 2010-06-01)

[Review of previous edition] History buffs, travel gurus and cultural enthusiasts alike will delight in this global guide to hundreds of locations. Supported by the United Nations' Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, this book features more than 650 photographs and 900 maps that detail 878 locales, each accompanied by a pithy description about their cultural impact.... The guide is comprehensive, providing a treasure trove of information about the world's most historically significant structures and locations.... Readers are sure to be swept away by this all-encompassing testament to world culture. (Kirkus Reviews Reference Supplement 2009-09-01)

[Review of previous edition] The cover boasts a gorgeous photo of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The back shows the Taj Mahal, pink in the light of dawn. And in between there are more than 800 pages-and almost two kilograms' worth -that are filled with information about natural and cultural wonders from every corner of the globe. In a way, the book is a book of dreams - for people with the travel bug or those who just like to imagine what it would be like to see places the forces of nature and human ingenuity have wrought. All of these places are sites of physical or cultural significance on a list maintained by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Canada is well represented, with 15 sites, most of which are of natural rather than historic value. (Waterloo Region Record 2009-12-12)

[Review of previous edition] Most places-to-see-before-you-die books are a dime a dozen, but this one comes with the moral authority of the United Nations. World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 878 UNESCO World Heritage Sites features gorgeous photos ands pithy descriptions of Earth's most culturally, historically and geologically significant locations. (Rob Howatson Westworld 2009-11-23)

[Review of previous edition] Best Reference 2009 (Library Journal 2010-04-15)

[Review of previous edition] Covering 141 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, the Arab States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, the World Heritage List is a valuable guide to the world's cultural and natural heritage.... The beauty of this book is in both the lavish photographs and the accessibility of information. Each site can be found on the continent maps or in the alphabetical or country-by-country index. All entries are presented in a similar manner and are arranged chronologically by the year in which they were inscribed on the World Heritage List... UNESCO's World Heritage mission is to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This treasure trove of a book reinforces that mission and, through spectacular photographs, shows how remarkable and beautiful our planet truly is. An excellent (and affordable) addition to any library. (Kathleen A. Welton Library Journal 2009-11-01)

[Review of previous edition] Instead of reading about places you may already be familiar with, this book will take you around the world to the best natural and manmade features on the planet. (Terry Richard Oregon Live 2009-10-21)

[Review of previous edition] This volume is a must for the serious traveller's bookshelf. (Ryan Murdock Outpost Magazine)

[Review of previous edition] This book contains a tremendous amount of information about these well-known and not-so-well known historical and natural areas which UNESCO has identified as being of outstanding value to humanity. This book would be a great addition to reference sections of public and junior and senior high school libraries. (Victoria Pennell Resource Links Vol. 16 No. 4)

[Review of previous edition] You won't find a guidebook that comes closer to painting a complete picture about such a large body of tourism haunts. (Ann Tatko-Peterson San Francisco West County Times 2009-10-25)

[Review of previous edition] Impressive...a true travelogue throughout the book, as we are taken to the most beautiful sites the world has to offer, further proof of why UNESCO wants to preserve them for future generations, to enjoy centuries from today. In the meantime, we get to enjoy their charm, right in our hands. (Shelf Life 2010-06-01)

[Review of previous edition] Think of it as the world's greatest hits. (Ellen Creager St. Paul Pioneer Press 2009-11-22)

[Review of previous edition] Firefly Books is the first to compile a guidebook that attempts to cover all of the World Heritage sites.... It's a fascinating look at these remarkable sites. (Ann Tutko-Peterson Valley Times 2009-10-25)

[Review of previous edition] Whether your gift recipient is a traveller or someone who prefers to travel imaginatively in the comfort of home, World Heritage Sites is a splendid gift. With more than 650 colour photos, the book is a luscious visual treat. And as some sites are grievously damaged (Angor Wat) or destroyed (Buddhas of Bamiyan), the book is a record of what exists now and what once was. (Candace Fertile Victoria Times-Colonist 2009-11-29)

This updated edition gives the most up-to-date list of these sites and it contains a tremendous amount of information. It is like having a travel guide book taking you to the most beautiful sites the world has to offer. With more than 650 color photos, the book is visually appealing and makes it worth the price just for the photograph's alone. (Mixed Media Reviews 2014-11-21)

This book would be a great addition to reference sections of public and junior and senior high school libraries. (Book Bargains and Previews 2014-11-15)

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