Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

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13 Critic Reviews

While some readers may prefer a more straightforward version of Bingham's exploits (such as Christopher Heaney's 2010 "Cradle of Gold"), those favoring a quirkier retelling will relish Mr. Adams's wry, revealing romp through the Andes.
-Wall Street Journal

Synopsis

What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

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—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent.

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?  


 

About Mark Adams

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MARK ADAMS is the author of the acclaimed history Mr. America, which The Washington Post named a Best Book of 2009. A writer for many national magazines, including GQ, Outside, and National Geographic Adventure, he lives near New York City with his wife and children.
 
Published June 30, 2011 by Plume. 353 pages
Genres: Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Turn Right at Machu Picchu
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly. on May 02 2011

Adams successfully weaves Bingham's tales—as well as resuscitating Bingham's positive reputation and accomplishments—into his own description of difficult but often amusing travels with his companions...

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Wall Street Journal

Good
Reviewed by GERARD HELFERICH on Jul 02 2011

While some readers may prefer a more straightforward version of Bingham's exploits (such as Christopher Heaney's 2010 "Cradle of Gold"), those favoring a quirkier retelling will relish Mr. Adams's wry, revealing romp through the Andes.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by ManOfLaBook on Jul 23 2011

Adams writes a very readable narrative of his journey, Inca history, Bingham’s adventures as well as a little Peruvian history and culture tidbits.

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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews. on Apr 18 2011

A funny, erudite retrospection offering more subtle and lasting rewards than the usual package tour.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on May 14 2012

Adams' writing style is pleasing and easy to read. His self-deprecating humor graces most pages and makes the book more than just a travel guide with historical information about the original Hiram Bingham trip.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Thom Geier on Jun 22 2011

In Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Adams...proves an engaging, 
informative guide to all things Inca...

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley on Jul 01 2011

He has a few adventures and a scare or two, and gets a considerably deeper immersion in Peruvian life and culture than he’d previously been exposed to in Lima.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Marjorie Kehe on Jun 30 2011

He knows how to pace a story and manages to pull off a book that tells us just enough about several things – Machu Picchu, its history and its “sacred geography,” other Incan ruins, Bingham...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Robert Knight on Feb 07 2013

Although the style of the book is breezy, Adams manages to describe some pretty deep ancient history as well as modern issues affecting the place. His tale is a rewarding experience for readers...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Good
Reviewed by Anne Trubek on Jul 06 2011

Adams is a witty and knowledgeable guide, and the book will likely inspire visits to Machu Picchu's uniquely affecting ruins.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on Jun 26 2011

... Adams takes readers through some of the most gorgeous and historic landscapes in Peru, from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to the enigmatic ruins of Vitcos and Vilcabamba.

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Military.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary Foster on Jul 18 2011

...a story that hooks readers early and then sails along so interestingly that it's one of those "can't put it down" books.

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Journey With Jesus

Above average
Reviewed by Dan Clendenin on Feb 07 2013

He combines self-effacing humor and serious cultural history to retrace Bingham's three expeditions and subsequent controversial claims, lawsuits, and reputation.

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