Taj Mahal

  • by Diana Preston, Michael Preston
  • Narrated by James Adams
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

While Galileo was suffering under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the 30 Years War was ruining Europe, and the Pilgrims were struggling to survive in the New World, work began on what would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, its flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have for centuries dazzled all who have seen it.The story of its creation is a fascinating blend of cultural and architectural heritage. Yet, as Diana and Michael Preston vividly convey in the first narrative history of the Taj Mahal, it also reflects the magnificent history of the Moghul Empire, beginning with legendary warriors Genghis Khan and Tamburlaine.

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What the Critics Say

"Enriching in its historical sweep and context." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Though many questions about the Taj remain unanswered, this small history breaks through the legendary fa├žade to reveal a powerful backstory." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, has been beautifully exalted in the hands of the Prestons....They skillfully unveil the history of the 16th-19th-century Moghul Empire, especially its architecture, campaigns, and court life....a reliable source for readers wanting to understand the splendor of the Taj Mahal in historical context." (Library Journal)

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Enhanced Experience of Seeing the Taj Noticeable

Read this before we saw the Taj. Absolutely good thing to know the historical background (and to know some of the guides tales are merely tall tales). Interesting history and background plus architectural discussion.
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- Aud Matland

Detailed, fascinating account of mughal dynasty

Wonderful account of the history of the Mughal dynasty. The name is very misleading. Although the book gives a lot of details on the Taj Mahal, it provides a rich and fascinating account of the history of the Mughal dynasty stretching from Babur all the way to Aurangzeb. Must read for anyone interested in this history
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- Manish S. Vaidya

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.