Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time (Paperback)

Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

By Mark Adams

Plume Books, 9780452297982, 333pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

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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
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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.


Praise For Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

“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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