Required Reading: August 2011

   

Mark Adams retraces the route of Hiram Bingham III, and debates whether he was a pioneer or a looter, in Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time (Dutton, $27). And in The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier (Ballantine, $26), mountaineer Jim Davidson and coauthor Kevin Vaughan relive the 1992 crevasse fall that killed Davidson’s partner.

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