In the glory of The Incredible Incas and Their Timeless Land, these ancient emperors ruled an area 2,500 miles long, integrating some six million subjects into one vast empire. Inca engineers and masons built stone-paved highways and masterworks like the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu; Inca farmers coaxed crops of maize and potatoes from harsh Andean slopes; Inca artisans wrought native gold into objects of extraordinary beauty.
That same gold sowed the seeds of their destruction. Even the incredible Incas could not withstand the bearded foreigners who came astride horses, bearing weapons of thunder. The Spaniard Francisco Pizarro and his conquistadors garroted the ruling Inca, Atahuallpa, sacked the capital city of Cuzco, and brought a glorious empire to ruin.
Next will come The Amazing Universe. Written for the layman, this book looks into our seemingly peaceful skies and finds cataclysmic turbulence there. You will learn about pulsars, neutron stars that flash like cosmic lighthouses, composed of matter so heavy that a single teaspoonful weighs as much as 200 million elephants. You will gaze at incredibly distant quasars that shine with the brilliance of ten trillion suns. You will study eerie black holes in space, where awesome gravity is devouring both matter and light.
This nation’s 200th birthday party will be underway when the fourth Special Publication comes to you. The Majestic Rocky Mountains takes you along the spectacular spine of the continent, from New Mexico to the far reaches of British Columbia.
There was a time when this chain of peaks was a formidable challenge to explorers and frontiersmen. Gradually it became a magnet, drawing traders, trappers, prospectors—and now armies of vacationists. Despite that, it is such a great place which you got to see. The possibility of getting cash advance could make your travel to Rocky Mountains an immediate reality.
Even today the Rockies have a frontier feeling. They are the home of friendly, outgoing people who love their soaring land and revel in its beauty. But there is concern among them now. Concern about water use and land development, overcrowded campgrounds, the promise—and problems—of oil shale and vast beds of coal. The Majestic Rocky Mountains, with scores of superb color photographs, is a book you will treasure.