Turn Right at Machu Picchu - Book Review Thumbs Up!
by David Schneider
(Port Angeles, WA)
~ Book review by David Schneider, CEO of Inside-Peru.com
Turn Right at Machu Picchu, the NY Times bestseller by Mark Adams, is one exciting, funny, and informative book on Hiram Bingham's explorations and discoveries in Peru, only one of which was world-famous Machu Picchu.
However, the book doesn't stop at describing places and events in the third person.
Mr. Adams pursues (albeit hesitantly) the steps of some of Bingham's greatest explorations himself, accomplishing hikes to amazing places where few have gone before - even though Mark himself was not an outdoorsman before this mania got him off his couch later in life.
How I (David) Got to Reading this Book
My brother Jonathan, sister Penny, and I were born in Peru.
However, I did not get a chance to see Machu Picchu until many years later when living in Bolivia with my wife Lin and daughter Kelsey.
Although we are not the "guided tour" type persons, always having gone off on our own before, we were totally impressed by Machu Picchu and the background information (should I say theories?) expounded by our guide.
What stood out even more than the impressing citadel of Machu Picchu itself was the whole area of the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba.
Many other incredible Inca sites revealed their presence among the jagged ridges and misty valleys stretching into the rarified atmosphere above the valley.
Our eyes were opened - Peru's Incas were not just about Machu Picchu and Cusco - there was way more out there than we had ever been told.
So, when my brother, Jonathan began raving about how this book he was reading about the Incas, Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu, and the whole "entorno," I was ready.
This is a funny, insightful, easy-to-read, exciting, and totally delightful book.
How could I say it better than this:
"Ebullient..seamlessly joins three narrative threads..an engaging and sometimes hilarious book."-New York Times Book Review
"An entirely delightful book"-Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post (also chosen as a 2011 Year-End Pick)
"Like all great travelogues (and this is certainly one), 'Turn Right'..should come with a fedora and a rucksack." -Men's Journal, Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2011
"Adams deftly weaves together Inca history, Bingham's story and his own less heroic escapade..A wry, revealing romp through the Andes."-Wall Street Journal
"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
Get it now - Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
David C. Schneider, Beach Potato