The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland

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The lost cities of South America have always exercised a powerful hold on the imagination. The ruins of the Incas and other pre-Columbian civilisations are scattered over thousands of miles of still largely uncharted territory, particularly in the Eastern Andes, where the mountains fall away towards the Amazon. Twenty years ago, Hugh Thomson set off into the cloud-forest on foot to find a ruin that had been carelessly lost again after its initial discovery. This was his introduction to the curious and confusing world of Inca archaeology. He has since travelled to many remote lost cities via the countless interconnecting paths the Incas laid across the Andes, and explored what they left behind - the remnants of a remarkable civilisation that is still only partially understood. Into his gripping narrative, Thomson weaves the accounts of some of the explorers who had gone before him: Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu; brave Robert Nichols, killed looking for the mythical 'Paiti' (a temple-site in the Madre de Dios which has acquired the same lure for explorers as the original El Dorado had for the conquistadors); and the remarkable modern explorer Gene Savoy, who has discovered many impressive sites in just the last few years, including Espiritu Pampa, the last refuge of the Inca court after the Spanish Conquest. The book explores the Inca people as well as their heartland, vividly resurrecting their extraordinary culture and giving a true flavour of their strange and sometimes hostile world.

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About the Author:

Hugh Thomson travelled extensively in Latin America before becoming a film-maker. He has since directed many documentaries, including the award-winning BBC series Dancing in the Street: A Rock and Roll History, and has led filming expeditions to Mexico and the Himalayas.

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'It is a measure of Hugh Thomson's skill as a writer, historian and explorer that The White Rock is such a pleasure...' -- Justin Marozzi THE SPECTATOR 'In The White Rock, the whole continent becomes a plot with suspense and a cast of outrageous characters...This is Bruce Chatwin with cojones.' -- Andy Martin THE INDEPENDENT 'The White Rock is the long-awaited definitive travel book on Peru.' -- John Hemming, author of The Conquest of the Incas 'A riveting account of South American exploration and Peruvian culture, full of unforgettable stories and amazing facts.' THE BOOKSELLER 'A record of one man's obsession with the Incas over a period of 20 years...an obsession that led him to search out (and in one case discover) Inca ruins in the most inaccessible places, far beyond the reach of tourists.' -- Anthony Daniels SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Engrossing... the sort of book that fires the armchair traveller with a desire to follow in its author's footsteps. -- Geoffrey Moorhouse NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 'One of the strongest debuts I have read for a while.' -- Anthony Sattin SUNDAY TIMES 'It is the mixture of historian, traveller and film-maker that makes The White Rock come alive as few other books about South America have done.' -- Ulick O'Connor SUNDAY INDEPENDENT Time and again he brings the Incas to life as real people. -- Matthew Parris RADIO 4 Thomson's account of his travels through the Inca heartlands weaves geographical, spiritual, personal and historical strands to an effect as rich and vivid as a Peruvian shawl. -- Juliet Clough DAILY TELEGRAPH 'It is Thomson's generosity of spirit which stands out and makes this a great book...a work that is both accessible and academically rigorous.' -- Isabel Cockayne EASTERN DAILY PRESS Thomson's wit, eye for detail and reverence for humanity set him apart'he is as good a companion as a traveller could hope for. PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY The White Rock is a gem of a book, an intelligent, balanced and indeed original look at the empire of the Incas LOS ANGELES TIMES 'I'll look forward to all his future stories if they're even half as well told, as vivid and funny and human, as this one.' -- Alan Peter Ryan WASHINGTON POST

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Thomson, Hugh
Editorial: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2001)
ISBN 10: 0297842447 ISBN 13: 9780297842446
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Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. The lost cities of South America have always exercised a powerful hold on the imagination. The ruins of the Incas and other pre-Columbian civilizations are scattered over thousands of miles of still largely uncharted territory, particularly in the Eastern Andes, where the mountains fall away towards the Amazon. Twenty years ago, Hugh Thomson set off into the cloud-forest on foot to find a ruin that had been carelessly lost again after its initial discovery. This was his introduction to the curious and confusing world of Inca archaeology. He has since traveled to many remote lost cities via the countless interconnecting paths the Incas laid across the Andes, and explored what they left behind - the remnants of a remarkable civilization that is still only partially understood. Into his gripping narrative, Thomson weaves the accounts of some of the explorers who had gone before him: Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu; brave Robert Nichols, killed looking for the mythical 'Paiti' (a temple-site in the Madre de Dios which has acquired the same lure for explorers as the original El Dorado had for the conquistadors); and the remarkable modern explorer Gene Savoy, who has discovered many impressive sites in just the last few years, including Espiritu Pampa, the last refuge of the Inca court after the Spanish Conquest. The book explores the Inca people as well as their heartland, vividly resurrecting their extraordinary culture and giving a true flavor of their strange and sometimes hostile world. New copy. Illustrated in color. Illustrated end-papers (maps). xviii, 316pp., index. Full refund if not satisfied. Nº de ref. de la librería 037188

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Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, U.K., 2001. Cloth. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. 316pp; ep maps; col pls. Chronologies. Glossary. Bibliography. Notes and Refs. Index. Mint. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Nº de ref. de la librería 009390

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