Monday, May 2, 2016

Book Review

Russia's Prestige: Historical Architecture by KASHIF PARVAIZ

                              This is a reprint of the orginal review I posted here

Interesting book filled with photo's and information about some amazing buildings.
Here's the video trailer from the publisher. . . 

Here's the product discription provided by the publisher. . .
...Since medieval times, Russian architecture has reflected this powerful nation’s history.Take the author's journey through time, beginning with the tiny state of Keiven Rus’ and culminating with modern-day Russia, examine the lives of men who devoted everything to transform their dreams into architectural gems and how these structures related to the nation’s state of affairs.Look across the timeline of Russia’s main historical periods, their evolution and impact on the vision of Russia. The biographies of the architects included in the book enrich the readers experience by letting them get a feel for the environment that feed the architect's genius.Whether enjoying this book as an easy read or while using it in academics, you are bound to be swept away by the story. Rich, compelling and evocative, this book will enhance your imagination and pique your curiosity in the architecture of Russia. “Yet, however beautiful the vision drawn up by the words on a page, there is no substitute for the real adventure of Russia unless you visually experience it yourself. Enjoy the trip as much as I have.” - KASHIF PARVAIZ

Author Information...
With advanced degrees in both Architecture and Structural Engineering, his experience in the field of architecture and construction began humbly as a handyman while managing his father’s real estate empire. In 2007, Kashif started his own business, Riyaan Developers, a reputable construction firm located in Brooklyn, New York that handles a variety of full scale residential projects. His hobbies include music, photography, fishing and his vast collection of literature on the study of architecture.

Product details...
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 412 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 06, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432766112
ISBN13: 9781432766115
Genre: ARCHITECTURE / Regional

Before I tell you where you can buy it here's what I thought . . .
It is a rather large paperback of 412 pages filled with some amazing photo's of some amazing buildings. But for this reader the cover price of $34.95 is way more than I think an average shopper would spend. And, way more than I would even consider. It is well put together and I think the attention to detail is great. The photo's are all black and white. The text is rather large so it makes me wonder if it is large just to make the book a little bigger to make it seem more worth the price. 
Updated 2016 this book is available on Amazon now for $75.64
I did not read this book. I did look at the photo's and, maybe if I had taken the time to read it I would have been able to offer a little more than just my opinion of the cost. 

Here is a review I found on Amazon. . . A Fine Blend of History and Art: Finding Russiabygradyharp
Customer Rating: See Detailed Ratings Kashif Parvaiz writes like a man possessed - and that is a compliment! He has obviously spent many hours of research to produce this excellent book that studies Russian history by examining the development of the architecture of that mysterious country. Parvaiz takes the reader as a fellow traveler on a journey that begins in the year 988 and ends with present day Russia. Much of the history of Russia...

This book is available at Amazon and I noticed when I checked on it for the link that there are only 4 left in stock! 
It is also available at Barnes and Noble and directly from the publisher

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free directly from the author through Bostick Communications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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