Title: The Random House Book of How Things Were ...
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Book Condition: Good
Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0679920447I3N10
Synopsis: Traces the history and development of more than sixty of the world's greatest structures, from the Great Pyramid to the Golden Gate Bridge, with detailed diagrams and cutaways that show the exact building methods and materials used in construction.
From Kirkus Reviews: Spanning several centuries and continents, a sweeping compendium of famous structures and the methods used in their construction. Though visually striking, the book is marred by poor labeling and some very confusing illustrations by a miscellany of artists: the drawings for the step pyramid don't show the stages described in the text; the crane on the Pharos lighthouse is braced so that it's liable to fall on the windlass; a pile driver in early Amsterdam has feet at right angles to its top, with a decidedly Escher-like result; adding bracing to the groin in Durham Cathedral is described as a ``structural breakthrough,'' but it's necessary to puzzle through definitions for ``groin'' and ``vault'' in the glossary and then flip back to the illustration to understand what might be meant; the drawing showing how suspension cables were spun for the Golden Gate Bridge is largely inscrutable; etc., etc. As a history of building styles, this has some use, as does the extensive glossary of building terms; but when it comes to explaining How Things Were Built, it confuses as often as it explains. Oddly inconsistent index. Pity, really. (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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