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by Hugh Thomson

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: Hugh Thomson
ISBN: 0753822075
ISBN13: 978-0753822074
Language: English
Publisher: Phoenix (June 1, 2007)
Pages: 376
Fb2 eBook: 1808 kb
ePub eBook: 1940 kb
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Imagine that all the great discoveries of Ancient Egypt had happened.

Hugh Thomson's book Cochineal Red gives readers a terrific picture of Peru, past and present. His easy-read style takes you straight to the heart of the many and various ancient civilisations, that have risen and fallen in that part of the world over thousands of years. His simple explanations give readers a clear picture of these ancient people through the facts found in archaeological sites.

What makes Cochineal Red such a worthwhile book is that it is written by someone who is both an explorer and a scholar. We may begin with Thomson hacking through jungle paths, but he has read widely and talked to all the specialists. Toby Green's book on the Inquisition will be published next year by Macmillan. Independent culture newsletter. The best in film, music, TV & radio straight to your inbox.

The books which have resulted include The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland, and Cochineal Red: Travels Through Ancient Peru

The books which have resulted include The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland, and Cochineal Red: Travels Through Ancient Peru.

Hugh Thomson believes strongly that the world is not as explored as we like to suppose

Hugh Thomson believes strongly that the world is not as explored as we like to suppose. He writes about the wilder corners of the planet, from the edges of Peru to the Himalayas, looking for Inca ruins and lost cultures. and 'Cochineal Red: Travels through Ancient Peru' (all Weidenfeld & Nicolson), and he has collected some of his favourite places in the lavishly illustrated '50 Wonders of the World'. In 2009 he wrote 'Tequila Oil', a memoir about getting lost in Mexico when he was eighteen and, in the words of the Alice Cooper song, 'didn't know what he. wanted'.

Hunter S. Thompson's legions of fans have waited a decade for this book. They will not be disappointed. His notorious Screwjack is as salacious, unsettling, and brutally lyrical as it has been rumored to be since the private printing in 1991 of three hundred fine collectors' copies and twenty-six leather-bound presentation copies. Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling Gonzo Papers is now back in print.

Cochineal red. by Hugh Thomson 01 June 2007. After his acclaimed book on the Incas, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson unwraps those layers to show how civilisation emerged so early and so spectacularly in this toughest and most arid of terrains. Category: History of the Americas. Many of the extraordinary cultures of Ancient Peru, from the lines of Nasca to the temple-cult of Chavín, buried in the mountains, and the great pyramids of the coast, have only started to give up their secrets and antiquity in just the last few years. Hugh Thomson has been at the forefront of some of these discoveries himself, having made headlines with his work near Machu Picchu.

After his acclaimed book on the Incas, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson unwraps those layers to show how civilisation emerged so early and so spectacularly in this toughest and most arid of terrains.

Hugh Thomson is the author of a series of travel books:The White Rock, Nanda Devi, Cochineal Red, Tequila Oil and The Green Road into the Trees.

Imagine that all the great discoveries of Ancient Egypt had happened in the last few years...and you will have some conception of the great excitement over recent finds in Peru

Peru wears its ancient cultures wrapped around in layers, like one of the mummified bodies so well preserved by the nitrates of its deserts. After his acclaimed book on the Incas, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson unwraps those layers to show how civilisation emerged so early and so spectacularly in this toughest and most arid of terrains.

Many of the extraordinary cultures of Ancient Peru, from the lines of Nasca to the temple-cult of Chavín, buried in the mountains, and the great pyramids of the coast, have only started to give up their secrets and antiquity in just the last few years.

Hugh Thomson has been at the forefront of some of these discoveries himself, having made headlines with his work near Machu Picchu. Now he takes the reader on a journey back from the world of the Incas to the first dawn of Andean civilisation, to give an immensely personal and accessible guide to the wonders that have been revealed.

Comments to eBook Cochineal Red
Samulkree
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.
Wnex
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.
Vital Beast
Ioved the book especially because he deals with pre-inca sites. Important read before traveling to wonderful Peru I've read his other good book also,
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Kerdana
An excellent easy to read informative account.
Ghordana
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.
Macage
A very readable introduction to the history of pre-Columbian Peru, interspersed with an account of the author's travels through the country in the early 2000s. I bought it at the end of my two week visit to the country, and wish I had gotten it long before: it discusses fascinating archaeological sites properly explored only in the last twenty years (e.g., Caral) that I'd now love to visit. The thorough end notes provide a long list of references for further reading.
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