Kenneth Treister, FAIA, architect, photographer,
author, and sculptor of the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach,
Florida, has published in over fifty professional journals, written
six books, and produced four documentaries on architecture,
including Mystery of Easter Island (1990).
Patricia Vargas Casanova and Claudio Cristino, archaeologists, anthropologists, professors, and founders of the University of Chile's Easter Island and Oceania Studies Centre created the island's archaeology survey of over twenty thousand archaeological sites and were awarded the international Explorers Club prestigious Lowell Thomas Award (2011) for their life's work on Easter Island.
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.
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