2.- Hiram Bingham
4.- In fact, It was not
5.- Government Expeditions
6.- Cultural Pillaging
Bingham III, the explorer who rediscovered the
lost Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. It is a life of both high
accomplishments and very human failings.
The son and grandson of New England missionaries in the Pacific,
Hiram Bingham was raised to carry on the family tradition within the
church. But rebelling against the piety and poverty of his
background, he chose instead an academic career and married an
heiress, a grand-daughter of the founder of Tiffany and Co.
His overnight acquisition of great wealth opened many opportunities
to Bingham. During his career as an academic specializing in Latin
American history, the Tiffany money helped support five scientific
expeditions, one of which led to Machu Picchu and his lasting fame.
Later it also facilitated a political career, culminating in his
serving two terms as a U. S. Senator from Connecticut.
This book chronicles Hiram Bingham's achievements, with emphasis on
the explorations of which he was most proud, as well as some of his
more questionable actions. His adventurous character is brought to
life in all its human complexity.
This 'must have' book chronicling Hiram Bingham's South American
explorations and his 'discovery' of the famous lost Inca city is
lavishly illustrated with many photos, maps and sketches. Most are
by Hiram Bingham and other members of the Peruvian expeditions. This
book should be of interest both to the serious scholar of Inca
history and culture as well as the traveller interested in learning
more about the events leading to Machu Picchu becoming the great
tourist attraction that it is today.