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  • Wright, a civil engineer, and Zegarra, the resident archaeologist at Machu Picchu, write for armchair travelers and tourists as well as for their professional colleagues. Drawing on their original research, they describe the 500-year-old Incan ruins in the Peruvian Andes from the perspectives of design and construction. They look at such features as hydrology, agriculture, building foundations and stone walls, construction methods, and the cultural background. They also map out a walking tour for civil engineers. The many photographs are monochrome. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)