The White Rock
An Exploration of the Inca Heartland
By Hugh Thomson
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781585673551, 316pp.)
Publication Date: January 2003
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Since this first foray into the curious and confusing world of Inca ruins, Thomson has traveled to some of the most remote lost cities along the interconnecting paths the Incas laid across the Andes, talked to archeologists and explorers working in the area, and investigated the remains of the remarkable civilization that the Incas left behind. The result of his discoveries and research is The White Rock, a clear-sighted history of the Inca people and their extraordinary culture. Thomson weaves the story of his own discoveries and brushes with danger into a narrative that seamlessly relates the accounts of the famous explorers who preceded him-including Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu. As the "Independent" said, "This is Bruce Chatwin with cojones."