Why and how did people start making buildings and how did they learn to make them stronger, larger, and more amenable for living and working in? Why did they start to decorate them in different ways? From the pyramid erected so that an Egyptian pharaoh would exist forever to the dramatic, machine-like Pompidou Center designed by two young architects, Patrick Dillon’s stories of remarkable buildings — and the remarkable people who made them — celebrates the ingenuity of human creation. Stephen Biesty’s extraordinarily detailed illustrations take us inside famous buildings throughout history and demonstrate just how these marvelous structures fit together. These cross sections are accompanied by rich detail about how buildings work; for each of the 26 buildings studied we get the absolute nitty-gritty; an architecturally forensic level of detail that loses none of the wonder.