The Great Great Wall: Along the Borders of History from China to Mexico

Ian Volner


During his campaign for the presidency, one of Donald Trump’s signature promises was that he would build a “great great wall” on the border between the US and Mexico, and Mexico was going to pay for it. A year and a half into his term, with only a few prototype segments erected, the wall is the 2,000-mile, multi billion-dollar elephant in the room of contemporary American life.

In The Great Great Wall, architectural historian and critic Ian Volner takes a deep dive into thestory of Trump’s wall. Volner follows the conception, selling, design, and construction (or lack thereof) of this expensive and consequential barrier, giving readers a detailed look at what’s happening in Washington, DC, and along the border. He also travels far afield, to China, the Middle East, Northern England, and back to our border to examine the barriers we’ve been building for centuries.

Why do we build walls? What do they reveal about human history? The Great Great Wall is an absorbing, smart, and timely book on an incredibly contentious and newsworthy topic.

Creator Bio

Ian David Volner is an architectural historian and design critic. His previous books include Michael Graves: Design for Life and This Is Frank Lloyd Wright. He has traveled to far-flung places like the Caucasus Mountains, the townships of South Africa, and the slums of Panama City to write for The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Artforum, and more.
Price £18.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 7 May 2019
Pages 304
Height 229mm
Width 152mm
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean
ISBN-13 9781419732829