When the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, the wall fell down flat… Joshua 6:20


Print shows Uncle Sam using "Congressional Mortar" and building blocks carried by ethnic workers to construct a wall with the stones are labeled "Law against Race, Prejudice, Jealousy, Competition, Fear, Anti Low Wages, Non-Reciprocity, [and] Congressional Blunders". Across a river, in the background, Chinese workers work with picks to dismantle the Great Wall, as China opens its doors to trading with the West. 1882

Print shows Uncle Sam using “Congressional Mortar” and building blocks carried by ethnic workers to construct a wall with the stones are labeled “Law against Race, Prejudice, Jealousy, Competition, Fear, Anti Low Wages, Non-Reciprocity, [and] Congressional Blunders”. Across a river, in the background, Chinese workers work with picks to dismantle the Great Wall, as China opens its doors to trading with the West. 1882

This is a new type of entry for this blog. Using the publisher’s description and other pictorial archives we are presenting a book that we believe to be important and worthy of your consideration. The Great Wall of China has been both a symbol and a fact – possibly more important as the former than the latter – but in either case it is impossible to ignore.

A caravan outside the walls of Peking 1893

A caravan outside the walls of Peking 1893

The Great Wall : the extraordinary story of China’s wonder of the world  John Man  Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2008  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xii, 336 p., [32] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-323) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

[Great victory for the daring Awaya, regimental commander, at the time of the general offensive against Tʻien-chin, China] 1900 September Print shows the Japanese commander on horseback as Japanese and allied forces attack the walled city at Tianjin, China.

[Great victory for the daring Awaya, regimental commander, at the time of the general offensive against Tʻien-chin, China] 1900 September Print shows the Japanese commander on horseback as Japanese and allied forces attack the walled city at Tianjin, China.


The Great Wall of China is a wonder of the world. Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists take the five-mile journey from Beijing to climb its battlements. While myriad photographs have made this extraordinary landmark familiar to millions more, its story remains mysterious and steeped in myth. In this riveting account, John Man travels the entire length of the Great Wall and across two millennia to find the truth behind the legends. Along the way, he delves into the remarkable and complex history of China — from the country’s tribal past, through the war with the Mongols, right up to the modern-day when the Great Wall is once more a commanding emblem of China.

Print shows Uncle Sam standing at the top a wall labeled "Prohibitive Tariff" on land labeled "U.S.", looking across a body of water at the "Chinese Wall" being torn down by European and Japanese rulers labeled and caricatured as "France" (Felix Faure), "Germany" (William II), and "Japan" (Meiji), "England (George V), and "Russia" (Nicholas II).

Print shows Uncle Sam standing at the top a wall labeled “Prohibitive Tariff” on land labeled “U.S.”, looking across a body of water at the “Chinese Wall” being torn down by European and Japanese rulers labeled and caricatured as “France” (Felix Faure), “Germany” (William II), and “Japan” (Meiji), “England (George V), and “Russia” (Nicholas II).

China - [Pagoda] on the Great Wall at Shan-Hai-Kwan  [between 1910 and 1920]

China – [Pagoda] on the Great Wall at Shan-Hai-Kwan [between 1910 and 1920]

Shan-hai-kwan, eastern end of China's Great Wall - south from Liao Hsi Mts., to Pe-Chi-li Gulf 1904

Shan-hai-kwan, eastern end of China’s Great Wall – south from Liao Hsi Mts., to Pe-Chi-li Gulf 1904

Camel train from Mongolia via Nankow Pass, coming through the Great Wall of China 1902

Camel train from Mongolia via Nankow Pass, coming through the Great Wall of China 1902

Great wall of China [1936 or 1937]

Great wall of China [1936 or 1937]

Family living in an arch under the Great Wall [1895]

Family living in an arch under the Great Wall [1895]

Chinese Wall, Pekink, China - the Great Wall, Peking - Rebels have passed another part of the wall and are marching on Peking  [between ca. 1908 and 1926]

Chinese Wall, Pekink, China – the Great Wall, Peking – Rebels have passed another part of the wall and are marching on Peking [between ca. 1908 and 1926]

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