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

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TRAVEL MEMOIR 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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134 x 203 x 19.56mm | 292g
  • PLUME
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0452297982
  • 9780452297982
  • 9,608

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Praise for Turn Right at Machu Picchu "[An] engaging and sometimes hilarious book."--The New York Times Book Review

"A serious (and seriously funny) travelogue, a smart and tightly written history, and an investigative report into perhaps the greatest archaeological discovery in the last century."--NationalGeographic.com "An engaging, informative guide to all things Inca."--Entertainment Weekly "Adams deftly weaves together Inca history, Bingham's story, and his own less heroic escapade....Those favoring a quirkier retelling [of Bingham's exploits] will relish Mr. Adam's wry, revealing romp through the Andes."--The Wall Street Journal "Quite funny and unpretentiously well informed...The perfect way to acknowledge the lost city's one hundredth birthday."--Christian Science Monitor ("Editor's Choice") "[An] entirely delightful book."--The Washington Post "With a healthy sense of humor...Adams unearths a fascinating story, transporting his readers back to 1911, when Yale professor Hiram Bingham III hiked the Andes and stumbled upon on of South America's most miraculous and cloistered meccas."--NPR.org
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About Mark Adams

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.
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12,127 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 23% (2,839)
4 43% (5,261)
3 27% (3,228)
2 5% (605)
1 2% (194)
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