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Valverde's Gold: In Search of the Last Great Inca Treasure

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
2004 1st printing hardcover with dust jacket as shown. Book and jacket in Mint condition.
Published August 18th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Wayland Smith
I've read a few treasure-hunting books this year, by odd coincidence. They seem to boil down to a lot of stories, a lot of shady characters, and a lot of people desperately clutching at secrets for no real good reason. Treasure fever is another recurring theme.

In this book, the author heard of a supposedly lost great Inca treasure while researching a different book. He gradually gets more interested and starts looking into it. Eventually, inevitably, he begins to work towards being part of an ex
Feb 20, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a historian, this book is great in that it tracks down the leads regarding the treasure to find out whether it truly exists. I can imagine that a non-historian might find it boring, as there is quite a bit of Honigsbaum bringing in sources and discussing their validity/what they contribute to the topic.

I read Peter Lourie's "Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon" shortly after, and that gives a much more personal, narrative version of a hunt for this treasure. I enjoyed reading them back-to-ba
Kara Jorges
Few topics fascinate me more than the Inca Empire, so when I found out about this account of a hunt for Atahualpa’s gold, I had to read it. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I have come upon a book about an engrossing subject with only the subject matter to hold my interest. Perhaps the fault is mine, as I don’t often read nonfiction, but when I’m reading a book that promises a riveting story, I guess I’m looking for something, well…riveting. I believe that Honigsbaum did have a fascinat ...more
Oct 01, 2008 John rated it liked it
The Llanganati mountain range is a strange extension of the Andes in Ecuador that heads East into the Amazon basin. It is very different from the rest of the Andes, both geologically and biologically, and there is much mythology about the area. The most persistent myth is that at the time of the conquest, the gold treasures of the Inca empire from Quito were taken into the Llanganati mountains and hidden in a secret cave. Many, many expeditions have gone looking for this gold, based on many a bo ...more
Samantha Jeffree
One of my favourites. Captures the imagination!
Jan 06, 2013 Mindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very interesting book. I'm always up for a good treasure hunt, and this delivered in several ways. But Honigsbaum's tone can be quite dry and focus on very tiny things that don't always matter in the big picture. However, it gave a really nice take on the jungle and the perils of traversing it.
Sarah Ford
Jul 23, 2013 Sarah Ford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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