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  • The Prestons' delightful and definitive book tells the monument's full, extraordinary story, not only of the vast undertaking of the building itself, but also the operatic sweep of the dynastic and romantic convulsions behind the project . . . Combines tremendous scholarship with a host of cracking stories well told.

    Sunday Telegraph
  • The Prestons' richly patterned chintz of a book also delivers a romantic account of the Mughal empire as a whole.

    The Independent
  • A hugely entertaining book packed with information, often irrelevant but still fascinating, about the Mughal emperors of India and in particular Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

  • An enthralling history of extraordinary kings and their peerlessly cultured and opulent lives . . . truly unforgettable.

    Daily Mail
  • A highly readable potted history of the Moghul empire that produced this extraordinary building...thorougly enjoyable.

    Financial Times

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