New book celebrates the world's great places

Looking for something for the travelers on your Christmas list? Just in time for the holidays comes Great Places of History: Civilization’s 100 Most Important Sites: An Illustrated TIME Books.

This impressive coffee table book is an illustrated survey of the places Time has chosen as civilization’s most important landmarks. Beautiful photographs are accompanied by descriptive paragraphs explaining the importance of the sites of influential battles, the places around the world where empires rose and fell, where religions were founded and artistic renaissances flourished. Time describes the book as a “bucket list” for the intellectually curious.

Among the notable cultural landmarks are: the Acropolis, Machu Picchu, and Imperial Rome. Noteworthy battles include: Masada, the Trenches of World War I, Normandy Beaches, and Hiroshima. Concord Bridge, Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor also make the list. Among the important religious sites are Mecca, Temple Mount and Vatican City. The Brooklyn Bridge, Hoover Dam and the Skyscrapers of Chicago are among the American innovations featured. Other subjects explored include society, politics, civilization, inquiry, and the arts.

This book will delight armchair travelers as well as any readers on your list fascinated by history and art, culture and society, politics and religion. You can read more about at

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.