Lost City of the Incas: The Story of Machu Picchu and Its Builders

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Atheneum, 1963 - History - 240 pages
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A special illustrated edition of Hiram Bingham's classic work captures all the magnificence and mystery of the amazing archeological sites he uncovered. Early in the 20th century, Bingham ventured into the wild and then unknown country of the Eastern Peruvian Andes--and in 1911 came upon the fabulous Inca city that made him famous: Machu Picchu. In the space of one short season he went on to discover two more lost cities, including Vitcos, where the last Incan Emperor was assassinated.

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User Review  - Miriam - Goodreads

This is white male privilege at its best/worst. He comes from an influential family of missionaries, with a sense of destiny/greatness. He marries rich. He "decides" to pursue graduate studies and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brendan Steinhauser - Goodreads

Just finished this book by Yale historian Hiram Bingham, the discoverer of Machu Picchu in Peru. It's one part Incan history, one part archaeology, and one part anthropology. While I enjoyed reading ... Read full review

Contents

Part One The Builders l
3
MY INTRODUCTION TO THE LAND OF THE INCAS
81
THE SEARCH FOR VITCOS
102
Copyright

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HIRAM BINGHAM was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1875. After receiving a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard, he sailed to South America in 1906. In 1911 he located the site of the last Inca capital and became the first person to ascend the 21,763-foot Mount Coropuma. The following year he discovered Machu Picchu. After serving in World War I, Bingham served as governor of Connecticut in 1925 and as a U.S. senator from 1925 to 1933.

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