Walls: The Long History of Human Barriers and Why We Build Them

Orca. (Orca Timeline: Bk. 5). Mar. 2024. 88p. Tr $29.95. ISBN 9781459833111.
Gr 4-8–Craigie’s latest details the age-old practice of building walls and the reasons behind them, from ancient wonders like the Great Wall of China to modern border fences. The book explores the many motivations for creating walls, such as protecting communities from invasion, deterring illegal immigration, safeguarding farms from animals, and reversing the effects of climate change. It explores the nuanced consequences of walls, from maintaining safety to fostering inequity and harm. Beyond its research value, this will appeal to geography and travel enthusiasts who seek unique information about locations around the world. The writing adopts an academic tone and within concise, single-page narratives, conveys an abundance of information about unique locations across the globe. The digitally created artwork, featuring earthy tones, adds visual appeal, while the occasional photographs allow readers to observe the actual places firsthand. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are all included.
VERDICT An attractive purchase for larger collections or populations interested in understanding the history of walls, geography, and the human tendency to build barriers.

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