Wright, a civil engineer, and Zegarra, the resident archaeologist at Machu Picchu, write for armchair travelers and tourists as well as for their professional colleagues. Drawing on their original research, they describe the 500-year-old Incan ruins in the Peruvian Andes from the perspectives of design and construction. They look at such features as hydrology, agriculture, building foundations and stone walls, construction methods, and the cultural background. They also map out a walking tour for civil engineers. The many photographs are monochrome. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This engineering focus on the achievement of Machu Picchu will appeal to a wide audience, from civil engineers and archaeologists to travelers and tourists. Black and white photos of Machu Picchu pack Machu Picchu: A Civil Engineering Marvel, and the accompany discussions of civil engineering feats which are as accessible to lay audiences as to engineers. The result is a specialty item with the potential for a broad interest range.