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    Lost City of the Incas (Phoenix Press) (Paperback) By (author) Hiram Bingham, Edited by Hugh Thomson, Introduction by Hugh Thomson

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    DescriptionIn 1911 Hiram Bingham, a pre-historian with a love of exotic destinations, set out to Peru in search of the legendary city of Vilcabamba, capital city of the last Inca ruler, Manco Inca. With a combination of doggedness and good fortune he stumbled on the perfectly preserved ruins of Machu Picchu perched on a cloud-capped ledge 2000 feet above the torrent of the Urubamba River. The buildings were of white granite, exquisitely carved blocks each higher than a man. Bingham had not, as it turned out, found Vilcabamba, but he had nevertheless made an astonishing and memorable discovery, which he describes in his bestselling book LOST CITY OF THE INCAS.


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    Title
    Lost City of the Incas
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hiram Bingham, Edited by Hugh Thomson, Introduction by Hugh Thomson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 264 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781842125854
    ISBN 10: 1842125850
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC, HBJK
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLSR
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    BISAC V2.8: HIS033000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 985/.37, 985.37
    BIC subject category V2: 1KLSR
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: F3429.1.M3 B617 2011
    Illustrations note
    25, 3 maps
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
    Publication date
    28 October 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Hiram Bingham was born in Hawaii in 1875 and educated at Yale. His early expeditions to South America and his discovery of Machu Picchu were just the start of a long and colourful career: he went on to command air force troops in France during the First World War and to become a Senator. He died in 1956. Hugh Thomson, the editor of this edition, is an explorer, travel writer and documentary filmmaker living in Bristol.
    Review text
    Hiram Bingham was a young American who set out to explore the wild country of the Eastern Peruvian Andes and, in 1911, discovered the fabulous Inca city of Machu Picchu. The text of Lost City of the Incas was written by Bingham itself - and as well as being a brilliant explorer Bingham had an excellent way with words. The text is illustrated by Bingham's own superb black-and-white photographs (plenty of views of the striking explorer posing on top of equally striking ruins) and gorgeous colour photographs of one of the world's most ruggedly beautiful areas. Hugh Thomson's introduction puts Bingham's achievement into perspective, and is a good read in itself. This is a lovely book. It has all the flavour of a rather simpler, pre-First World War world and can be very politically incorrect (we do not have 'savages' any more) but is also gloriously human, down to the loving and admiring descriptions of Hiram's multi-purpose jacket. It is a very human story. Natives who had spent a lifetime within five or six feet of a major ruin had never seen it because of the thickness of the jungle cover. Yet above all this is a fascinating and enthused account of one of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries. Dr Martin Stephen is the High Master of Manchester Grammar School and the author of The Desperate Remedy. (Kirkus UK)