Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

By Mark Adams
(Plume, Paperback, 9780452297982, 352pp.)

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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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


Description

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's writing has appeared in GQ, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications. He lives near New York City with his wife and their three sons.




NPR
Sunday, Jul 24, 2011

The cloud city, high in the Andes mountains, was discovered by an American 100 years ago. On the occasion of this centennial, author Mark Adams looks at the history of the site, the path taken by the adventurer who found it, and the fight over the artifacts he took. More at NPR.org

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Praise For Turn Right at Machu Picchu

“An engaging, informative guide to all things Inca.”
--Entertainment Weekly

“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

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