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Machu Picchu, the famous "Lost City of the Inca," has fascinated and captivated archaeologists for five centuries. The royal estate of Pachacuti, an Inca ruler, was built in the fifteenth century and abandoned barely more than a century after its construction. How could the "primitive" Inca construct a city on top of a mountain? How could they solve the intricate problems of drainage, of water supply, of architecture? This detailed study of the city's construction is downright spellbinding. The prose may be a little dry-- its authors, with the exception of attorney Wright, are scientists by trade--but it is also clear and precise. The book tells us as much about the practical challenges of building a city as it does about the mysterious Inca, and it should be an immediate hit with armchair archaeologists and fans of the kind of ancient civilization documentaries that are a staple on PBS's Nova . Pricey but useful wherever there is interest in the topic. David Pitt
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Great book that goes way beyond the standard guide book fare. It inspired me to make the trip after reading it, to see first hand how the ancient Inca Empire created a complete... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2001 by Jon Girand
Don't let the title scare you if you are not an engineer. Reading through the book is like taking a stroll with the ancient men who planned, designed and built this great site. Read morePublished on July 25 2001 by Robert Ackerman PE
Machu Picchu, A Civil Engineering Marvel is an extraordinary accomplishment. It is not merely a travel book or ruins guide. Read morePublished on July 3 2001 by Kenneth R. Wright
Engineers who can write! The book is a delight to read. The story has fascinated ever since Hiram Bingham discovered the place a century ago. Read morePublished on July 3 2001 by Kenneth R. Wright
Fascinating book for anyone who has ever wondered how such a place could have existed in such a lovely, remote location. Read morePublished on June 23 2001 by Hank Parker
Ruins left by ancient civilizations frequently excite the wonder and admiration of modern-day readers. Read morePublished on June 21 2001 by Dr. David C. Colony, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering
Machu Picchu, A Civil Engineering Marvel takes the reader on a journey that reveals many aspects of the Inca culture that have been previously unknown. Read morePublished on June 19 2001 by Alan Ingham
During a comprehensive two day tour of Machu Picchu I had many questions regarding the basic engineering of the site, which the guides were unable to answer. Read morePublished on June 17 2001 by russ fetrow, retired engineer