The Great Great Wall review ê 3

review The Great Great Wall

The Great Great Wall review ê 3 Ü During his campaign for the presidency one of Donald Trump’s signature promises was that he would build a “great great wall” on the border between the US and Mexico and Mexico was going to pay for it A year and a half into his term with only a few prototype segments erected the wall is the 2000 mile multibilliElephant in the room of contemporary American life In  The Great Great Wall architectural historian and critic Ian Volner takes a fascinating look at the barriers that we have built over millennia Traveling far afield to China the Middle East Europe and along the US Mexico border Volner examines famous contentious and ill. Interesting but I expected a little history and a little less architecture

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Uminating structures and explores key uestions  Why do we build walls What do they reveal about human history What happens after they go up With special attention to Trump’s wall and the walls that exist along the US border already this is an absorbing smart and timely book on an incredibly contentious and newsworthy topi. Although the author has a strong leftist bias to my taste the book is good

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The Great Great WallDuring his campaign for the presidency one of Donald Trump’s signature promises was that he would build a “great great wall” on the border between the US and Mexico and Mexico was going to pay for it A year and a half into his term with only a few prototype segments erected the wall is the 2000 mile multibillion dollar. I finally made it to an actual bookstore While browsing I found this book on the new books table After reading a few paragraphs I decided it was easy to read and promises to compare our or should I say The Trump Wall to the walls of history including The Great Wall of China Hadrian's wall the Berlin Wall and walls in Israel When I checked out the older guy checking me out said he had noticed the book and it looked interesting to him Since except for Goodreads I seldom find people who read the same books I do I was intrigued Volner writes about architecture I assume he must have some background in that field He gives me some history on all of the walls and he travels to them and thus describes his own experience there There are single blackwhite photos for each chapter but I often longed to picture what he was talking about Today before writing this I googled the US southern border and discovered John Moore who is a photographer has been photographing the USMexican border for many years The photographs really help explain what our border actually looks like in different parts of its 1954 miles 1254 miles of which are in Texas alone I liked learning the history of the other walls and I think he was trying to show that for the most part walls don't work and often create problems than if they weren't there There would always be a way to get across to go over or around But I didn't feel his arguments were really summed up I was glad to get in depth history on the US border and the photos online helped some with that too It is a good book because something like this needs to be written a history of walls but perhaps the subject is bigger than this little book In the beginning he says I have become and convinced that embedded deep in our fundamental makeup there is a pathology a mysterious mania expressed in the structures we build to keep each other out He then says he wants to convey something of the emotional import of these structures I'm not sure he actually did that As part of his discussion of the Berlin Wall he talks about how people lived normally around the wall uoting Dostoyevsky saying Man grows used to everything and once used to it everything else has a way of becoming unthinkable Here I think he is trying to say that living in the US in the 21st Century but especially the last few years is so chaotic and filled with so many uestionable truths that people don't know what to think or believe and so just end up tuning it out and hence sort of accepting it as the new normal Doonesbury cartoon today is along the same thinking that life becomes bearable if you just take things as they come He also says that his intention in the book is to not mention the current President by name unless necessary because in part this is a matter of historiological scruple Presidents don't build walls societies do Also adding about people who commit crimes just wanting their name to never be forgotten It didn't dawn on me that Trump might want the border wall to be called The Trump Wall just as we recently learned he wanted a Trump 4th of July The reality of the border was still sufficiently remote from the experience of most Americans I live in a border state and I have been to the border and over it than once But I was still intrigued by the history of the border and the photos online This book also pointed out that Presidentspolitical figures who were from western border stat