Author(s): Richard Cavendish
From heritage sites that preserve wonders of the ancient world, such as the Great Wall of China, to memorials that commemorate significant moments in the twentieth century, and from the Sterkfontein Caves, near Johannesburg in South Africa - the 'cradle of the human race' - to Checkpoint Charlie, the variety of historic sites featured in 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die is immense...Many of the great engineering works of the past and present - viaducts, bridges, ships - are represented, together with the homes of the people who have changed the course of history, from Stalin's birthplace to Elvis's Graceland. There are reviews and images of the seats of power, from Versailles to the White House; the world's major battlefields, from Gettysburg to the Somme; and significant monuments and places of worship, such as the Wailing Wall, the Chatmohar Mosque in Pakistan, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome...It is unlikely that one reader will get around to visiting all 1001 sites in person. However, after reading this book, they will know which are their personal must-see sites, which they absolutely must visit in their lifetime.
Richard Cavendish is a historian of ideas and an authority on Britain's historic heritage. He writes a regular monthly column in History Today magazine and has just completed a book on the kings and queens of Britain for David and Charles. His earlier books on magic, mythology, and legends include The Magical Arts, A History of Magic, and King Arthur and the Grail. He edited The Encyclopedia of the Unexplained and the partwork Encyclopedia of the Supernatural: Man, Myth, and Magic (republished in 21 volumes in the US in 1995). He is the author of A Guidebook to Prehistoric England, was for several years editor of Out of Town magazine and planned, contributed to, and edited numerous guidebooks to Britain for the Automobile Association as well as an A-Z gazetteer to Britain, and books on great events of the twentieth century, and wonders of the world. His work has been translated into German, Italian, Swedish, Serbo-Croat, and Japanese, and he has lectured and broadcast in Britain, the USA, Denmark, Canada, and Australia.