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History of the Conquest of Peru

by William H. Prescott

William H. Prescott's immensely readable narrative crackles with drama as he recaptures the glories of Inca society before European contact, and paints fascinating portraits of the conquistadors and their courage, cruelty, and pride, drawing upon the firsthand accounts of eminent sixteenth-century captains and statesmen to relate the overthrow of the Inca empire by the Spanish adventurers under Pizarro's command. Prescott’s reconstructions of the attitudes and motivations behind the tumultuous events of the Spanish conquest offer memorable, insightful views of New World history that have made this book a popular classic.

 

 

 

 

Andean Awakening: An Inca Guide to Mystical Peru

by Jorge Luis Delgado and MaryAnn Male

In this illustrated guidebook, Peru's premiere spiritual tour guide, Jorge Delgado, takes the reader on a trip of discovery through the most powerful and mystical places on earth - Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca and the magical Inca doorway of Aramu Muru. Jorge describes his own journey of awakening and packs his personal narrative with fascinating details about Peru, its history, culture, mythos and magic. Delgado is our personal Quechua - a bridge person who helps others to cross from one state of conscious to another. Delgado bridges readers to the spiritual power of the Andes, of Peru and legend of the Inca - the return of the children of the light.

 

 

 

 

The Conquest of the Incas

by John Hemming

In 1532, the magnificent Inca empire was the last great civilization still isolated from the rest of humankind. The Conquest of the Incas is the definitive history of this civilization’s overthrow, from the invasion by Pizarro’s small gang of conquistadors and the Incas’ valiant attempts to expel the invaders to the destruction of the Inca realm, the oppression of its people, and the modern discoveries of Machu Picchu and the lost city of Vilcabamba. This authoritative, wide-ranging account, grounded in meticulous research and firsthand knowledge and told from the viewpoints of both protagonists, “keeps all the complex issues to the fore . . . the deeper wonder of the conquest and the deeper horror of its results” (Washington Post).

 

 

 

When the Stones Speak - Inka Architecture and Spirituality in the Andes

By Juan Carlos Machicado Figueroa

Spiritual and architectural history of the Inca and pre-Incan civilization that, according to the author, dates from 21,000 B.C.

 

 

The Heights of Macchu Picchu: A Bilingual Edition

by Pablo Neruda and Nathaniel Tarn (Translator)

The Heights of Macchu Picchu is the finest and most famous of Neruda's longer poems and provides a key to his earlier work. It was inspired by his journey to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Inca city high in the Andes. Neruda's journey takes on all the symbolic qualities of a personal "venture into the interior" as the poem progresses, exploring both the roots of the poet's identity and the history of Latin America. This translation has been rendered by the distinguished poet Nathaniel Tarn and is presented in a bilingual edition, with the Spanish and English texts on facing pages.

 

Lost City of the Incas

by Hiram Bingham

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 little known 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.

 

 

The Last Days of the Incas

by Kim MacQuarrie

The Last Days of the Incas is the epic story of the fall of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the aftermath of a bloody civil war and the recent discovery of the lost guerrilla capital of the Incas, Vilcabamba, by three American explorers. It tells of the clash between Pizarro and emperor Atahualpa at the Battle of Cajamarca, where Atahualpa was imprisoned, paid an enormous ransom in gold, and executed anyway.  The Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cusco the following year, completing their conquest of the largest native empire the New World has ever known. But the Incas did not submit willingly, establishing a hidden capital and leading a massive rebellion against the Spaniards in a 36 year long guerrilla war before the Spanish ultimately captured the last Inca emperor.

 

Lonely Planet Peru (Travel Guide)

A reliable and comprehensive introduction to travel in Peru

 

 

In Search of an Inca: Identity and Utopia in the Andes (New Approaches to the Americas)

by Flores Galindo Alberto

In Search of an Inca examines how people in the Andean region have invoked the Incas to question and rethink colonialism and injustice, from the time of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century until the late 20th century. It stresses the recurrence of the "Andean utopia," that is, the idealization of the pre-colonial past as an era of harmony, justice, and prosperity and the foundation for political and social agendas for the future. In this award-winning work, Alberto Flores Galindo highlights how different groups imagined the pre-Hispanic world as a model for a new society. These included those conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century but also rebels in the colonial and modern era, and a heterogeneous group of intellectuals and dissenters. This sweeping and accessible history of the Andes over the last five hundred years offers important reflections on and grounds for comparison of memory, utopianism, and resistance.

 

 

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

by Mark Adam

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. 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?

 

 

Through The Eyes Of The Condor: An Aerial Vision of Latin America

by Robert Haas (Author),‎ Marie Arana  (Introduction)

Step aboard a private plane for a breathtaking tour of the immense and varied wilderness of Latin America—lush lands and scenic waterways nearly impossible to experience any other way. Robert B. Haas, an award-winning environmentalist and one of the world's foremost artists in aerial photography, captures the majesty of the Amazon, the fickleness of rare wildlife in Patagonia, and the incredible topography of untouched lands. While large-scale environmental effects may be seen, man's blemishes are mostly diminished when viewed against the vastness of the land. Through the Eyes of the Condor includes a introduction by Marie Arana—author of American Chica and Cellophane— and poignant essays penned by Haas during his year living in Latin America, illuminating themes important to understanding the region.

 

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