If you are passionate about the history and culture of Peru as much as we are; you´re going to love this List. Also if you are going or planning to come here; this list will help you understand the real importance of machu picchu. We have selected the best 5 books about history of machu Picchu and the Inca culture, and now we share here with all you:
1 The Last Days of the Incas
“Nearly five hundred years ago, roughly one hundred and sixty eight Spaniards and a handful of theirs african and indians slaves arrived to what is now Peru. They soon collide with an inca empire ten millions strong, smashing into it like a giant meteor and leaving remnants of that collision scattered all over the continent”
A tale of a bloody conquer very well detailed, supported and engaging. Kim MacQuarrie lived during 5 years in Peru studying the history of the incas and the war with the Spaniards. From the kick off you are placed there, in the middle of the field, witnessing the importance of an event that will change the history of America forever.
2 The Lost City Of The Incas
30 years after his discovery Hiram Brigham wrote this book. In a very straightforward way. The Yale university lecturer rapidly offers you his vision of the experience he had in that valley at the beginning of the 21th century. He started off with the end of the Incan empire at the Spaniards hands. Then he tell us his adventures looking for the lost city, the moment he found Machu Picchu and his archeological efforts. Of course, there are a lot of evidence about Brigham not being he first who discovered the citadel, but that is another story.
3 The Conquest of the Incas
John Hemming wrote a Fascinating, well researched and documented book that shows what happened when the Spanish arrived in the Andes. It reads like a fast paced adventure novel, and shows just how difficult it was to conquest the Inca, and that a lot of what happened was lucky on the part of the Spanish. A must read for anyone interested in the Inca, the Spanish and European colonization of the Americas.
4 Turn Right to Machu Picchu
Mark Adams is a magazine editor who fascinated about the history of glory and fall of Hiram Bingham and his “discovery” of the Inca citadel: Machu Picchu, make his own research over the papers of the lecturer of yale. And he found that the revised version of his book left behind many interested facts about the expedition and the subsequent discovery.
The book focus on the different theories about the function of the archeological heritage and finally after all the road the author offers his own conclusion. But the well detailed path to the sanctuary makes you want to be there.
5 The White Rock
This Book is also a big adventure where author, filmmaker and explorer Hugh Thomson wrap us with the history of the Incas. The Incas were the last of the world’s great civilizations to be “discovered.” Since they developed in isolation and were not literate, we must try to interpret their mind set from what has survived these 500 years. If you like the archeological side of this history, this is a must for you.
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