'Told with great vigour by Professor Michael Coe, who was himself involved; he offers an insider’s story with strong views of the personalities, competence and abilities of some colleagues'
'An entertaining, enlightening and even humorous history of the great searchers after the meaning that lies in the Maya inscriptions'
'A great story told clearly and passionately by a great Mayanist. It’s an inspiring example of the ultimate triumph of a truth in the knock-down, drag-out world of academic politics'
'A thrilling story of academic rivalry, bigotry, chewing gum and - wait for it - penis perforation'
'Coe’s thrilling account of the cracking of Mayan is like a detective story … great stuff'