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The Incas: People of the Sun (Abrams Discoveries)

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A narrative history of the great Inca Empire of Peru describes the daily life, innovative agricultural techniques, architectural wonders, metalworking skills, and religious practices of the Incas, as well as the devastating impact of European colonization. Original.
Paperback, Discoveries, 191 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1988)
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Robert Lundquist
Feb 23, 2017 Robert Lundquist rated it really liked it
Good and concise. I good book to peak your interest in learning more.
Kate Lawrence
Nov 06, 2015 Kate Lawrence rated it liked it
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What an astonishing culture the Incas had--the breadth of their empire, their amazing skill in building construction (including massive stones moved without wheels or pulleys), their fine weaving, the "virgins of the sun" (who would be buried alive if they broke their vows), the ritual sacrifice of children, the ability to keep complex accounting records on knotted strings called quipu, the grandeur of Macchu Picchu, and much more.

And then there's the whole colonial narrative that begins in the
Glenn Robinson
Mar 07, 2015 Glenn Robinson rated it liked it
Enjoyable small photo book that gives a brief description of Peru, the Incas, the Nascas and other groups in Peru with emphasis of the time of the Spanish conquest. It is too small of a book to go into great details, but gives wonderful oversight and ends with a section of historic letters from the 1500's up to Hiram Bingham's rediscovery of Manchu Pichu. Excellent photos. 4x6, sp it is a small book, but good for an overview.
Apr 03, 2015 Kandise rated it really liked it
This unassuming little book turned out to be the best of the Incan history books I borrowed from the library a few weeks ago. A concise & straightforward history with LOTS of art that isn't in the other books, and includes an appendix of long primary source material.
Yukari Watanabe
Feb 10, 2013 Yukari Watanabe rated it it was amazing
I've read this book to get the quick idea of the Inca before I visit Peru. The book is very concise and easy to read.

A perfect book for a tourist.
Didn't finish it. It's a National Geographic type book rather than academic. I might pick it up again sometime.
Jan 27, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
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An informative book about the Inca civilization with a lot of photos; also copies of some source documents. I'm glad I read this before our Peru trip; hubby is reading it also.
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