The good folks over at DK Publishing sent me an email a month or so ago asking me if I would be interested in receiving a free book to review on the blog. Feeling a bit guilty because I am already about four free books behind in terms of reviews, but overwhelmed by my desire to disprove the notion that there is no such thing as a free lunch, I said yes. Fortunately, it took barely any time at all to know I was looking at a winner.
The book is China: People/Place/Culture/History and it is flat out gorgeous. The short forward is written by Anchee Min, but the reason to buy this book is for its photographs. The writing is fine, but the photographs are stupendous. There are countless photographs of places in China I have never been, but now wish to see, along with photographs of places I have been, but never realized were so beautiful. According to the publisher, it has “more than 700 specially commissioned images by world-class photographers covering the length and breadth of the country.”
If you want a guide book on China, look elsewhere. If you want a history of China or a look into its culture, you should probably look elsewhere as well. But if you want to sit down every once in a while and immerse yourself in beautiful pictures of China along with interesting commentary relating to the pictures, get this book.
Thanks DK Publishing for the free lunch. It was delicious.