"Superbly illustrated. . . . A well-written book that offers the subject matter expertise and style of a photo history as well as a source book. Much information is packed into this volume, which covers a long history of discovery, settlement, and art mixed with the mystery of the collapse of a culture that disappeared into the sea, but not without first leaving a spectacular architectural wonder on the land. . . . This book is recommended to the general reader and to those who wish to know more about spiritualism, art, architecture, and cultural values of another time, place, and people that shroud the mysteries on Easter Island and the ruins at Rapa Nui."
--Colonial Latin American Historical Review
"Easter Island, its gigantic stone statues, its Polynesian society, and that society's collapse continue to fascinate and mystify the public as well as scientists. This beautifully illustrated book is now the best current account of those riveting themes."
Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography at UCLA, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and other books.