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Cochineal Red Paperback – Jun 1 2007

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (June 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753822075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753822074
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #520,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomson writes of his travels, mostly in northern Peru, visiting ancient archeological sites. He captures the history and timelines very well, but tends to jump from one site to another rather erratically. There is no thread running through this book that captures the point - is this just a travelogue, or is he trying to establish a baseline history of early Peruvian peoples? Not useful for the first time Peruvian traveller - but still an interesting read if you like the early history and are thinking of making a trip to some of the less travelled and more remote sites.
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title is very misleading -disappointing purchase Sept. 13 2013
By Vince DellaSperanza - Published on
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Cochineal is a natural dye of historical significance. the book isn't even about the dye (which was my motivation for purchasing it) but rather chronicles descriptions of archeological finds in the Peruvian jungle. I was specifically interested in the dye and how it might have impacted ancient Peruvian society. the misleading title is sure to lead to disappointment if you share my interest in this dye.
The real deal March 21 2013
By V. Peterson - Published on
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Have read most of Thompson's books and loved them all. His books about ancient Peru are written that not only tell a good story, but fills in the gaps that most information about Peru leave out. The best books about this subject since VonHagen and I have read a lot on this subject. Warning, anyone who reads these will surely want to travel to Peru and see the sites he described. It is my pleasure to say I have done so a couple of times, but need to do so again. Most people have no idea how extensive the civilization was and how long before the Incas. Recommend his books to those who are interested in archeaology and South American civilizations.
Excellent Read June 28 2012
By Katie Pickard Fawcett - Published on
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Hugh Thomson strikes a great balance in this book with relating current events, personal experience, and historical information. It's very well organized in chapters related to specific areas of the country and each chapter offers an in-depth look at Caral, for example, or the Nazca Lines, or the Sacred Valley. The literary quality makes it wonderful reading, but it's also an excellent companion book for anyone thinking about traveling to Peru, as well as for those who prefer being armchair travelers.

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