This is one of those rare books that should be read and appreciated by scholars, students, and a broadly curious public alike—all who are interested in the part played by science in fashioning Peru’s monumental heritage site, Machu Picchu. Amy Cox Hall’s rendering of this powerful narrative is in itself a marvel of first-rate storytelling.
— Florence Babb
The archives of the Yale and National Geographic expeditions to Machu Picchu and Peru are a largely untapped treasure chest for the history of science, anthropology and US-Latin American relations. Amy Cox Hall pulls open the line, showing how the explorer Hiram Bingham used letters, cameras and calipers to ‘develop’ the Machu Picchu that tourists buy on postcards today.
— Christopher Heaney