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Realm of the Incas

Milligan, Max

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ISBN 10: 095458760X / ISBN 13: 9780954587604
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2003. 2nd. Hardcover. Num Pages: 240 pages, 345 colour photographs. BIC Classification: 1KLSR; WTM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 271 x 270 x 27. Weight in Grams: 1650. 240 pages, 345 colour photographs. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: 1KLSR; WTM. Dimension: 271 x 270 x 27. Weight: 1664. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780954587604

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Title: Realm of the Incas

Publisher: Idlewild

Binding: Hardcover

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Max Milligan spent five years in Peru during the late '80s and eary '90s, during which time he took several thousand photographs. Since then he has worked as a professional photographer in London; he uses tripod-mounted Leicas, which give superb image quality. His ambition has long been to return to Peru - when the time was right - to shoot the definitive photographic book about the Inca region. The time is right now. No book at present covers this territory as a whole; there are pamphlet guides to Machu Picchu and specialist tomes on the jungle, festivals and architecture, but there is a yawning gap in the market for a book that provides a photographic overview of the region, an area to which 90 percent of foreign visitors to Peru restrict their journeys. Milligan departed for Peru in Feb 2000, and will return to the UK a year later, having photographed both wet and dry seasons plus the major religious and cultural festivals. His subject matter will be every aspect of the area: geographical, historical (both Inca and Spanish colonial), cultural and social events, flora and fauna from the glaciers to the jungle, and any other aspects of daily life in this fabled region. In addition, the book will have a foreword of around 3,000 words by John Hemming, much-lauded author of The Conquest of the Incas, unquestionably the definitive book on the subject and described by The Times as 'a superbly vivid history distinguished by formidable scholarship'. This will be the definitive travel book on an area, and the backlist life will be a long one. Tourism in Latin America is on the up. At present almost half a million people visit Machu Picchu each year - it is the most visited site in South America, and with the recent purchase by the Orient Express Group of the Machu Picchu train from Cuzco, this number can only grow. A large percentage of these tourists are French, German, Italian, Japanese and American, and the British contingent is increasing every year.

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Realm of the Incas is a celebration of the extraordinary diversity at the heart of Tihuantinsuyo, or 'Land of the Four Quarters,' as the Inca Empire was known before its conquest in 1533. Max Milligan's book charts a journey of breathtaking beauty, from the sacred snows of the Andes down into the virgin Amazon rainforest, encompassing the most richly biodiverse area on the planet.

At the centre of the region stands Cuzco, meaning literally 'The Navel' to its founders, and today acknowledged as the archaeological capital of South America and a World Heritage Site. Within a single day's drive to Cuzco are eight distinct climates and habitats; and the myths, beliefs and customs of the inhabitants of these areas are equality diverse. In the highlands, remote communities still farm llamas and alpacas in medieval style, while the islanders of Lake Titicaca use solar panels to generate their electricity. Beyond the gaze of eco-tourists, deep in protected reserves, the rainforests of Madre de Dios support tribes of native Indians pursuing a stone-age existence.

Max Milligan has left virtually no stone unturned in his explorations; whether recording the icy source of the Amazon, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Fitzcarraldo's trade routes or the cactus forests of Apurimac, his passion and determination to do his subject justice shine through. With its magical photography and lively text, endorsed in the foreword by John Hemming (whose own definitive work The Conquest of the Incas was described in The Times as 'superbly vivid history distinguished by formidable scholarship'), Realm of the Incas is, quite simply, the culmination of Max Milligan's fifteen-year love affair with Peru's fabled Inca Region.

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