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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time (Paperback)
You don't need a ticket to Peru to enjoy this refreshingly candid, humorous yet very informative account of exploration in the land of the Inca. The author, a city creature, keeps us smiling as he struggles in the footsteps of Hiram Bingham, the original “discoverer” of Machu Picchu in 1911. Along the way we get a vivid feel for life on the trail in cloud forest and jungle, along breathtaking peaks and ridges, and among the ruins themselves. Adams leavens the narrative with history, politics, customs and culture, making for a very balanced and fascinating introduction to this magical part of the world. ~ John— From Staff Favorites 2014
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“The intense intrigue of the Incan-Spanish conflicts, Hiram Bingham's controversial 'discovery' of the hidden city of Machu Picchu, and the astounding bio-diversity of the Andes were almost unknown to most North Americans until Adams, a confirmed unadventurous, desk-bound travel writer decided to leave New York, follow Bingham's trail, and write an addictive book about his perilous misadventures. Adams' self-deprecating humor allows the history and geography of this majestic site to take center stage, and he ignites the reader's curiosity about a fascinating culture.”
— Ellen Davis, Dragonwings Bookstore, Waupaca, WI
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu? In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and "discovered" Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer's perilous path in search of the truth--except he'd written about adventure far more than he'd actually lived it. In fact, he'd never even slept in a tent. Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams' fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world's most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?
About the Author
Mark Adams is the author of the acclaimed history Mr. America, which The Washington Post named a Best Book of 2009, and the New York Times bestsellers Meet Me in Atlantis and Turn Right at Machu Picchu. A writer for many national magazines, including GQ, Men's Journal, and New York, he lives near New York City with his wife and children.
“An engaging, informative guide to all things Inca.”
“Quite funny and unpretentiously well informed...The perfect way to acknowledge the lost city’s 100th birthday.”
--Christian Science Monitor (���Editor���s Choice���)
"[An] entirely delightful book."
--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post