Suggested Reading List
Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Author: Jared Diamond
Description: Diamond tackles nothing less than the history and fate of civilization in this compelling book in which he offers case studies, present and past, of societies that work and societies that do not, devoting 100 carefully reasoned pages, for example, to the fate of the Norse settlements in Greenland (climatic change, Inuit) and another big section on Easter Island (deforestation, hubris). This revised edition includes a new afterword.
Author: Jennifer Vanderbes
Description: In this mesmerizing novel, Vanderbes spins parallel stories of two young women on Easter Island, one an archaeologist with a 1913 expedition and the other an American botanist who visits 60 years later.
Easter Island Map
Description: A colorful topographic map (1:30,000).
Easter Island Sketchbook
Author: Susan A. Sternau
Description: This treasure trove of whimsical watercolor and ink paintings brings Easter Island's mysterious relics to life. Sternau is particularly adept at rendering the mystical moai -- the large stone statues of the ancient Rapa Nui civilization, but she also captures the island's landscape: from its idyllic beaches to dramatic cliffs.
Easter Island's Silent Sentinels, The Sculpture and Architecture of Rapa Nui
Author: Kenneth Treister
Description: This richly illustrated survey of the history, culture and art of Easter Island includes the island's vernacular architecture.
Easter Island, Island of Enigmas
Author: John Dos Passos
Description: An amateur archaeologist, novelist Dos Passos mixes travel and observation with the history of exploration of Rapa Nui in this brief, engaging book.
Easter Island, the Essential Guide
Author: Kay Sanger
Description: An archaeologist who has worked on Rapa Nui since the 1980s and past president of the Easter Island Foundation, Sanger covers the history, archaeology, people and practicalities of Easter Island in this authoritative guide.
Insight Guide Chile
Author: Insight Guides
Description: This glossy guide provides a full-color introduction by a team of experts to the land, people, history and attractions of Chile. Brief background essays highlight important topics. With many local and regional maps.
Island at the End of the World
Author: Steven Roger Fischer
Description: Fischer's cultural and political history takes in the full sweep of Easter Island from prehistory through civil rights protests of the 1960s.
Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft
Author: Thor Heyerdahl, F. H. Lyon (Translator)
Description: The hugely popular account of a daring 1947 voyage that sailed along the Humboldt and Equatorial currents from Peru to Tahiti. Apart from the sheer adventure, Heyerdahl wanted to show the world that Polynesians could have settled the region. With photographs.
On the Road of the Winds
Author: Patrick Vinton Kirch
Description: An excellent scholarly review of the prehistory and archaeology of Pacific civilizations before European contact.
Author: Peter Hendrie
Description: A striking portfolio of 330 color photographs of the people, nature and landscape of the region, Hendrie's gorgeous book includes images from his many journeys to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, to Tahiti and the Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, Easter Island and Hawaii over the last 20 years.
Rapa Nui, Island of Memory
Author: Georgia Lee
Description: Full of anecdote and incident, Lee's lively memoir of fieldwork on Rapa Nui celebrates the people and life on the island since the 1980s.
The Happy Isles of Oceania
Author: Paul Theroux
Description: The peripatetic author flies off to Australia and New Zealand with a kayak and ends up exploring much of Melanesia and Polynesia, including Tonga, Fiji and the Marquesas, in this wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale.
The Statues That Walked, Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island
Author: Carl Lipo, Terry Hunt
Description: Drawing on archaeological evidence and their own work, Hunt and Lip challenge Jared Diamond's view of eco-catastrophe in this convincing new history of Rapa Nui.
We, the Navigators, The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific
Author: David Lewis
Description: This engaging classic examines how Stone Age Polynesians may have navigated the Pacific. The scholarly volume will appeal to seafarers and modern Pacific travelers.