For thousands of years, humans have built walls and assaulted them, admired walls and reviled them. Great Walls have appeared on nearly every continent, accompanying the rise of cities, nations, and empires.
In Walls, David Frye uncovers a story that is more than just bricks and stone: he reveals the startling link between what we build and how we live, who we are and how we came to be. It is nothing less than the story of civilization.
Haunting and brilliant. Author: Tom Holland
These are good stories and Frye tells them well . . . A timely and interesting book that reminds us that no matter how solid they are, the walls we surround ourselves with are eventually breached, whatever the politicians claim. Source: Financial Times
A lively history. Source: New Yorker
Told with elegance and panache . . . [Frye] is enviably good at turning historical and archaeological evidence into vivid prose, and his writing is as clear as on any wall. Source: Wall Street Journal