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Monuments of the Incas (Revised Edition) Hardcover – March 31, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0500051634 ISBN-10: 0500051631 Edition: Revised Edition

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Revised Edition edition (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051634
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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“Hemming makes good use of the indispensable work of contemporary Peruvian scholarship. . . . The photographs are so beautiful that they satisfy entirely.” (Scientific American)

“Detailed mythical, historical, and archaeological information on many of the most important architectural works of the Inca empire . . . extraordinary beautiful photographs . . . a valuable contribution.” (Latin American Antiquity)

“Hemming’s text is impressively complimented by Ranney’s 174 stunning black-and-white photographs, which do an excellent job of demonstrating the overall splendor…. Highly recommended for both scholars and lay readers.” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Formerly the Director of the Royal Geographical Society in London, John Hemming has traveled in and written extensively about the Amazon region. His previous books include Tree of Rivers.

Edward Ranney first traveled to Peru in 1962 and has made numerous subsequent visits. His published work includes Stonework of the Maya. He lives in Santa Fe.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Evans on January 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Consider the following:
--In the 1990s, my mother was an Earthwatch volunteer on three different Incan projects. On the recommended reading list for each was this book.
--In 2006, my Peruvian guide said she had been tempted to give me a nudge as I leaned over a Machu Picchu guardrail to snap a picture. "Hand me this book again only when we're on flat ground," she advised, only partly in jest.
--In the two years I've been tracking it, rarely have I seen a used copy of the paperback for under $65.

Anyone who tries to find in-depth information about most of the 14 monuments covered in this book--originally published in 1982, reprinted in 1990--will quickly discover why it is still so sought after. (See the first comment for brief descriptions of the 14.)

Nor does one have to get too far into the text for other reasons to become immediately apparent, for included in each chapter are descriptions of the site/monument and the specifics about its construction that are so clear that I do not even have to look at the photographs to recall all I saw. Equally well explained is what is known/unknown as well as theories now discredited.

What makes this book so special, however, is the historical background Hemming weaves into his discussion of each site/monument, for it includes an avalanche of detail not found in guidebooks. Until I read this book, for example, I had not understood why flooding the plain at Ollantaytambo had helped repel the Spanish, for I'd never imagined that "the Spanish horsemen found themselves trying to maneuver in rising water that eventually reached the horses' girths.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By charles holmes on September 24, 2010
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The Inca have captivated western imagination since the Conquest.Having spent time in Peru, I have always found it difficult to convey the sense of wonder that the Inca ruins awaken. This book does the best job of capturing the Inca mind as revealed by their architecture/sculpture/earthworks.
Rarely have I found a book that incorporates photography and text as well as this one. Edward Ranney is a great photographer and John Hemming a great writer.Both have spent years in Peru. Hemming's " The Conquest of the Inca"" is the definitive account of the Inca and the Struggle with the Spanish. Together they have created a work that is remarkably free of western preconceptions. They give the reader a piccture of the Inca world in which art, ritual, architecture, cosmology and daily life were all one.
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By Michael Sweet on May 7, 2014
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The photos are great and the descriptions were nicely intertwined with historical information. It is a huge book but makes for a nice coffee table conversation piece.
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John Hemming has laid a lot of groundwork for other authors to utilize when they write about Incas. There are many books about the Incas so it is hard to say which are the best. One author presented a very readible treatise and it pretty much mirrored Hemmings scholarly works but the presentation was more enticing and it made you want to turn the next page to see what happens next. This book, "Last Days of the Incas" was a pleasant read but I was very annoyed when I looked in the back to see who he had referenced. I saw only one reference to Hemming.
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