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While Galileo was suffering under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the Thirty Years War was ruining Europe, and the Pilgrims were struggling to survive in the New World, work began on what would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, its flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have for centuries dazzled all who have seen it.

The story of its creation is a fascinating blend of cultural and architectural heritage. Yet, as Diana and Michael Preston vividly convey in the first narrative history of the Taj Mahal, it also reflects the magnificent history of the Moghul Empire, beginning with legendary warriors Genghis Khan and Tamburlaine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Taj Mahal makes an argument for the commingling of love and architecture…A Shakespearean world of intrigue and betrayal, in which punishment was swift and brutal, and fratricide was commonplace.”


  • “Shah Jahan endeavored to make the gardens of the Taj Mahal an earthly paradise. His life and the history of the region prove that paradise is more easily lost than regained.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • Taj Mahal chronicles the blood, sweat, emotions, expenditure, and history behind the construction of the world’s most famous mausoleum. Filled with quotes, anecdotes and evocative prose, this true tale has, at times, the texture of a historical novel.”

    Seattle Times

  • “This small history breaks through the legendary façade to reveal a powerful backstory.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “James Adams’ clear, straightforward narration is perfectly suited to this history of one of the world’s most beloved architectural landmarks…[He] captures the emotions and wonder of those dazzled by a visit. Adams’ reading is smooth and inspiring, especially as he delivers quotes and anecdotes.”


  • “The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, has been beautifully exalted in the hands of the Prestons…They skillfully unveil the history of the sixteenth-nineteenth–century Mogul Empire, especially its architecture, campaigns, and court life…A reliable source for readers wanting to understand the splendor of the Taj Mahal in historical context.”

    Library Journal

  • “Enriching in its historical sweep and context.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thenicole | 9/9/2010

    " Not strictly speaking just a book about the Taj, but an excellent overview of the Moghuls as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sumaiya | 8/12/2010

    " This book was a fun, breezy look into a very dangerous and opulent time. So well written! I love when history makes you question the need to read fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurie | 12/23/2009

    " Wonderfully interesting, a history about which I knew nothing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Priyangi | 12/22/2008

    " A very descriptive historical account of the events and generations of people involved leading to the construction of the Taj Mahal. The book is written as a smoothly flowing story that succeeds in transporting the reader to that time and place in the history of India. "

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