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The White Rock by Hugh Thomson
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Jun 27, 08

Read in June, 2008

Pretty fun stuff. Thomson is better when discussing, the Incan system of divide and conquer, first person accounts of the Conquest, and later explorers like Hiram Bingham. Not as sharp or entertaining when describing the kind of 'had to be there' experiences that independent travelers so often encounter. Wow, you smoked weed in the Amazon and saw crazy stuff! Some of those tales belong solely in one's own journal. He also possesses the annoying trait of looking down his nose at people who can't up and move to a foreign country, Peru no less, for massive amounts of time. Very good in the sense that I will no longer attribute tons of spiritual significance to archeological sites such as Machu Picchu when I visit this summer thanks to him.
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