Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Author: Mark Adams
Pages: 333
ISBN: 9780452297982
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Release: 2012
Editor: Dutton
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the author's recreation of Hiram Bingham III's discovery of the ancient citadel, Machu Picchu, in the Andes Mountains of Peru, describing his struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Author: Mark Adams
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781101535400
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Release: 2011-06-30
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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?

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Author: Mark Adams
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781922079954
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Release: 2013-01-02
Editor: Text Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mark Adams—an American travel and adventure writer who is, ironically, an inept and out of shape outdoorsman—hires an irascible Australian expat guide to help him retrace the footsteps of controversial explorer Hiram Bingham and answer the question: what was the purpose of Machu Picchu? A very entertaining, funny and erudite armchair travel book about Peru that has drawn favourable comparisons with the work of Bill Bryson and John McPhee. A New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. Reprinted seven times in paperback in the US (to date, August 2012). View the photos of Mark's journey at www.markadamsbooks.com/madams-gallery.htm. Will receive significant print, radio and online media coverage in ANZ in January and February, and a tour is planned for Mark Adams in mid-2013. 'An engaging and sometimes hilarious book.' New York Times Book Review

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Author: Mark Adams
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781921961328
Available:
Release: 2012-12-02
Editor: Text Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Turn Right at Machu Picchu is a fascinating and funny account of a 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: what was the purpose of Machu Picchu?

Meet Me in Atlantis

Meet Me in Atlantis
Author: Mark Adams
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780698186217
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Release: 2015-03-10
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New York Times Bestselling Travel Memoir! The author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu travels the globe in search of the world’s most famous lost city. “Adventurous, inquisitive and mirthful, Mark Adams gamely sifts through the eons of rumor, science, and lore to find a place that, in the end, seems startlingly real indeed.”—Hampton Sides A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Far from alien conspiracy theories and other pop culture myths, everything we know about the legendary lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Stranger still: Adams learned there is an entire global sub-culture of amateur explorers who are still actively and obsessively searching for this sunken city, based entirely on Plato’s detailed clues. What Adams didn’t realize was that Atlantis is kind of like a virus—and he’d been exposed. In Meet Me in Atlantis, Adams racks up frequent-flier miles tracking down these Atlantis obsessives, trying to determine why they believe it's possible to find the world's most famous lost city—and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. The result is a classic quest that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.

Lost City

Lost City
Author: Ted Lewin
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781101652770
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Release: 2003-06-02
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Caldecott Honor-winner Ted Lewin takes readers on a thrilling journey to the wilds of Peru in this story of Hiram Bingham, who, in 1911, carved a treacherous path through snake-filled jungles and across perilous mountains in search of Vilcapampa, the lost city of the Incas. Guided the last steps by a young Quechua boy, however, he discovered not the rumored lost city, but the ruins of Machu Picchu, a city totally unknown to the outside world, and one of the wonders of the world.

Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg
Author: Mark Adams
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781101985113
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Release: 2018-05-15
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

**The National Bestseller** From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, a fascinating, wild, and wonder-filled journey into Alaska, America's last frontier In 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury "floating university," populated by some of America's best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir. Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. More than a hundred years later, Alaska is still America's most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws one million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and as a natural resources larder waiting to be raided. As ever, it remains a magnet for weirdos and dreamers. Armed with Dramamine and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition. Traveling town to town by water, Adams ventures three thousand miles north through Wrangell, Juneau, and Glacier Bay, then continues west into the colder and stranger regions of the Aleutians and the Arctic Circle. Along the way, he encounters dozens of unusual characters (and a couple of very hungry bears) and investigates how lessons learned in 1899 might relate to Alaska's current struggles in adapting to the pressures of a changing climate and world.

A Skeptic s Guide to Writers Houses

A Skeptic s Guide to Writers  Houses
Author: Anne Trubek
Pages: 176
ISBN: 0812205812
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Release: 2011-07-11
Editor: University of Pennsylvania Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

There are many ways to show our devotion to an author besides reading his or her works. Graves make for popular pilgrimage sites, but far more popular are writers' house museums. What is it we hope to accomplish by trekking to the home of a dead author? We may go in search of the point of inspiration, eager to stand on the very spot where our favorite literary characters first came to life—and find ourselves instead in the house where the author himself was conceived, or where she drew her last breath. Perhaps it is a place through which our writer passed only briefly, or maybe it really was a longtime home—now thoroughly remade as a decorator's show-house. In A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses Anne Trubek takes a vexed, often funny, and always thoughtful tour of a goodly number of house museums across the nation. In Key West she visits the shamelessly ersatz shrine to a hard-living Ernest Hemingway, while meditating on his lost Cuban farm and the sterile Idaho house in which he committed suicide. In Hannibal, Missouri, she walks the fuzzy line between fact and fiction, as she visits the home of the young Samuel Clemens—and the purported haunts of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and Injun' Joe. She hits literary pay-dirt in Concord, Massachusetts, the nineteenth-century mecca that gave home to Hawthorne, Emerson, and Thoreau—and yet could not accommodate a surprisingly complex Louisa May Alcott. She takes us along the trail of residences that Edgar Allan Poe left behind in the wake of his many failures and to the burned-out shell of a California house with which Jack London staked his claim on posterity. In Dayton, Ohio, a charismatic guide brings Paul Laurence Dunbar to compelling life for those few visitors willing to listen; in Cleveland, Trubek finds a moving remembrance of Charles Chesnutt in a house that no longer stands. Why is it that we visit writers' houses? Although admittedly skeptical about the stories these buildings tell us about their former inhabitants, Anne Trubek carries us along as she falls at least a little bit in love with each stop on her itinerary and finds in each some truth about literature, history, and contemporary America.

Cradle of Gold

Cradle of Gold
Author: Christopher Heaney
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780230339880
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Release: 2011-07-05
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 1911, a young Peruvian boy led an American explorer and Yale historian named Hiram Bingham into the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Hidden amidst the breathtaking heights of the Andes, this settlement of temples, tombs and palaces was the Incas' greatest achievement. Tall, handsome, and sure of his destiny, Bingham believed that Machu Picchu was the Incas' final refuge, where they fled the Spanish Conquistadors. Bingham made Machu Picchu famous, and his dispatches from the jungle cast him as the swashbuckling hero romanticized today as a true Indiana Jones-like character. But his excavation of the site raised old specters of conquest and plunder, and met with an indigenous nationalism that changed the course of Peruvian history. Though Bingham successfully realized his dream of bringing Machu Picchu's treasure of skulls, bones and artifacts back to the United States, conflict between Yale and Peru persists through the present day over a simple question: Who owns Inca history? In this grand, sweeping narrative, Christopher Heaney takes the reader into the heart of Peru's past to relive the dramatic story of the final years of the Incan empire, the exhilarating recovery of their final cities and the thought-provoking fight over their future. Drawing on original research in untapped archives, Heaney vividly portrays both a stunning landscape and the complex history of a fascinating region that continues to inspire awe and controversy today.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Author: Johan Reinhard
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781938770920
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Release: 2007-12-31
Editor: ISD LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Machu Picchu, recently voted one of the New Wonders of the World, is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, yet it remains a mystery. Even the most basic questions are still unanswered: What was its meaning and why was it built in such a difficult location? Renowned explorer Johan Reinhard attempts to answer such elusive questions from the perspectives of sacred landscape and archaeoastronomy. Using information gathered from historical, archaeological, and ethnographical sources, Reinhard demonstrates how the site is situated in the center of sacred mountains and associated with a sacred river, which is in turn symbolically linked with the sun's passage. Taken together, these features meant that Machu Picchu formed a cosmological, hydrological, and sacred geological center for a vast region.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Author: Richard L. Burger,C J MacCurdy Professor and Current Chairman of the Council on Archaeological Studies Richard L Burger,Lucy C. Salazar
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9780300097634
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Release: 2004-01-01
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Details the status of contemporary research on Incan civilization, and addresses mysteries of the founding and abandonment of Machu Picchu, charting its archaeological history from 1911 to the present.

Lost City of the Incas

Lost City of the Incas
Author: Hiram Bingham
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780297865339
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Release: 2010-12-16
Editor: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

First published in the 1950s, this is a classic account of the discovery in 1911 of the lost city of Machu Picchu. In 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.

The White Rock

The White Rock
Author: Hugh Thomson
Pages: 316
ISBN: 9781468302301
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Release: 2003-12-30
Editor: Abrams
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With the backdrop of the ever-intriguing Andes mountains, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson’s intoxicating history of the Inca people and their heartland, is a thrilling mix of information and adventure. The author, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and explorer, expertly weaves accounts of his own discoveries and brushes with danger with the history of those who preceded him—including the explorer Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu; the twentieth century South American photographer, Martín Chambi; the poet Pablo Neruda; and the Spanish conquistadores who destroyed the Inca civilization—and the eccentric characters he meets on his travels.

God s Middle Finger

God s Middle Finger
Author: Richard Grant
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781416565710
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Release: 2008-03-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged, beautiful Sierra Madre mountains begin their dramatic ascent. Almost 900 miles long, the range climbs to nearly 11,000 feet and boasts several canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon. The rules of law and society have never taken hold in the Sierra Madre, which is home to bandits, drug smugglers, Mormons, cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, opium farmers, cowboys, and other assorted outcasts. Outsiders are not welcome; drugs are the primary source of income; murder is all but a regional pastime. The Mexican army occasionally goes in to burn marijuana and opium crops -- the modern treasure of the Sierra Madre -- but otherwise the government stays away. In its stead are the drug lords, who have made it one of the biggest drug-producing areas in the world. Fifteen years ago, journalist Richard Grant developed what he calls "an unfortunate fascination" with this lawless place. Locals warned that he would meet his death there, but he didn't believe them -- until his last trip. During his travels Grant visited a folk healer for his insomnia and was prescribed rattlesnake pills, attended bizarre religious rituals, consorted with cocaine-snorting policemen, taught English to Guarijio Indians, and dug for buried treasure. On his last visit, his reckless adventure spiraled into his own personal heart of darkness when cocaine-fueled Mexican hillbillies hunted him through the woods all night, bent on killing him for sport. With gorgeous detail, fascinating insight, and an undercurrent of dark humor, God's Middle Finger brings to vivid life a truly unique and uncharted world.

Mark Adams

Mark Adams
Author: Mark Adams,Lorna Price
Pages: 97
ISBN: STANFORD:36105017399903
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Release: 1995
Editor: Chronicle Books Llc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A maker of stained glass, tapestries, and paintings in a variety of media, Mark Adams is an unusually versatile artist. His masterful use of color, evident in everything he does, is astonishing in its power to communicate. Adams endows his seemingly representational subjects with unexpected qualities, and the works convey his excitement about the world of everyday objects and settings. "The important thing," he has said, "is to create something in the work that relates to people."" "Lorna Price's insightful essay gives light to the broad range of Adams's work, guiding readers through its rich ambiguities and paradoxes. Her observations explore the artist's idiosyncratic treatment of light, shadow, and reflection, and trace the progression of his movement from watercolor to acrylics to oil. Illustrated with seventy full-color images, Mark Adams: A Way with Color presents an impressive body of Adams's work."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Last Days of the Incas

The Last Days of the Incas
Author: Kim MacQuarrie
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9780743260503
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Release: 2008-06-17
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Documents the epic conquest of the Inca Empire as well as the decades-long insurgency waged by the Incas against the Conquistadors, in a narrative history that is partially drawn from the storytelling traditions of the Peruvian Amazon Yora people. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Antisuyo

Antisuyo
Author: Gene Savoy
Pages: 220
ISBN: UTEXAS:059173026446906
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Release: 1970
Editor: Simon & Schuster
Language: en

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Mother of God

Mother of God
Author: Paul Rosolie
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781448170562
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Release: 2014-05-08
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Madre de Dios – ‘Mother of God’ – is a place where the Andean Cloud Forest intermingles with the steaming tropical jungle at the head of the Amazon river. Here can be found the greatest proliferation of living species that has ever existed on Earth, ever. And it is a place which is now under grave threat. Paul Rosolie has travelled to the very heart of this wilderness in search of rare flora and fauna. His adventures – with giant anacondas, huge cayman, the mighty jaguar and one very small anteater – are by turn thrilling, terrifying and revelatory. Paul crosses some of the world’s harshest terrain and encounters some of its most extreme weather conditions. He battles with life-threatening tropical diseases and the extreme mental challenges presented by being alone in the heart of the jungle. Mother of God is an astonishing tale of adventure and survival, set in one of the world’s few remaining truly wild places. It’s a story of nature, red in tooth and claw, and how we must both respect its awesome power and protect its extraordinary glory.

The Machu Picchu Guidebook

The Machu Picchu Guidebook
Author: Ruth M. Wright,Alfredo Valencia Zegarra
Pages: 188
ISBN: 1555663273
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Release: 2004
Editor: Big Earth Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The best all around guide for those who've been or who are going to Machu Picchu . . . . Absolutely indispensable!"--Don Montague, president, South American Explorers. This revised edition includes newly discovered sites and full-color illustrations of real-life scenes from "National Geographic."

Root Cause Analysis

Root Cause Analysis
Author: Matthew A. Barsalou
Pages: 154
ISBN: 9781482258806
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Release: 2014-12-03
Editor: CRC Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Although there are many books on root cause analysis (RCA), most concentrate on team actions such as brainstorming and using quality tools to discuss the failure under investigation. These may be necessary steps during RCA, but authors often fail to mention the most important member of an RCA team—the failed part. Root Cause Analysis: A Step-By-Step Guide to Using the Right Tool at the Right Time provides authoritative guidance on how to empirically investigate quality failures using scientific method in the form of cycles of plan-do-check-act (PDCA), supported by the use of quality tools. Focusing on the use of proven quality tools to empirically investigate issues, the book starts by describing the theoretical background behind using the scientific method and quality tools for RCA. Next, it supplies step-by-step instructions for performing RCA with the tools discussed in the first section. The book’s clear examples illustrate how to integrate PDCA with the scientific method and quality tools when investigating real-world quality failures. This RCA guide provides root cause investigators with a tool kit for the quick and accurate selection of the appropriate tool during a root cause investigation. It includes an appendix with a guide to tool selection based on the intended use of the tool. There is also an appendix that defines the terminology used in the book. After reading this book, you will understanding how to integrate the scientific method, quality tools, and statistics, in the form of exploratory data analysis, to build a picture of the actual situation under investigation that will lead you to the true root cause of an event. The tools and concepts presented in the text are appropriate for professionals in both the manufacturing and service industries.