Jungleland

Jungleland : A True Story of Adventure, Obsession, and the Deadly Search for the Lost White City

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Deep inside the little Amazon, the jungles of Honduras' "Mosquito Coast" - one of the largest, wildest, and most impenetrable stretches of tropical land in the world-lies the fabled city of Ciudad Blanca: the White City. For centuries, it has lured explorers, including Spanish conquistador Herman Cortes. Some intrepid souls got lost within its dense canopy; some disappeared. Others never made it out alive. Then, in 1939, an American explorer and spy named Theodore Morde claimed that he had located this El Dorado-like city. Yet before he revealed its location, Morde died under strange circumstances, giving credence to those who believe that the spirits of the Ciudad Blanca killed him. Is this lost city real or only a tantalyzing myth? What secrets does the jungle hold? What continues to draw explorers into the unknown jungleland at such terrific risk? In this absorbing true-life thriller, journalist Christopher S. Stewart sets out to find answers - a white-knuckle adventure that combines Morde's wild, enigmatic tale with Stewart's own epic journey to find the truth about the White City.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 172 x 241 x 28mm | 528g
  • HarperCollins World
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8-Page Black and White Photo Insert
  • 0061802549
  • 9780061802546
  • 1,301,122

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"A fascinating and gripping account, a true to life Indiana Jones adventure."--Douglas Preston "A tale for the ages."--Mark Adams "I dare you to put this book down."--Evan Wright "A bold attempt to solve the mystery of the White City of Honduras and finish the work of a World War II spy.... a rip-snorting journey... Readers who loved 'The Lost City of Z' have found their next great true adventure."--Mitchell Zuckoff "This stunning book takes you deep into the jungles of Honduras, telling a story that explains all of Europe's adventures on this side of the world: the quest for a lost city full of gold, a search that, in theend, reveals the treasure to be the journey itself. "--Rich Cohen "A great revival of an older genre, the treasure hunt, and associated adventures."--Kirkus "The true story [of] "Jungleland " resembles nothing so much as the set-up for one of H. Rider Haggard's old pulp adventure novels....Stewart is a crisp, lean, colorful stylist, with that essential knack: a nose for punchy, telling anecdotes and images...great fun to read."--Laura Miller, Salon "The premise is so fantastic that if "Jungleland" were a novel, you could be forgiven for worrying that it might be a bit pulpy or clich?d...The fact that this is all true turns the story from one of intrigue and odyssey into one of anthropological significance as well."--Daily Beast "[T]his is a gritty, remarkable tale of exploration and risk in a nervy trek to the edge of civilization."--Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review) This stunning book takes you deep into the jungles of Honduras, telling a story that explains all of Europe s adventures on this side of the world: the quest for a lost city full of gold, a search that, in theend, reveals the treasure to be the journey itself. --Rich Cohen" A bold attempt to solve the mystery of the White City of Honduras and finish the work of a World War II spy. a rip-snorting journey Readers who loved The Lost City of Z have found their next great true adventure. --Mitchell Zuckoff" A great revival of an older genre, the treasure hunt, and associated adventures. --Kirkus" The true story [of] "Jungleland " resembles nothing so much as the set-up for one of H. Rider Haggard s old pulp adventure novels. Stewart is a crisp, lean, colorful stylist, with that essential knack: a nose for punchy, telling anecdotes and images great fun to read. --Laura Miller, Salon" A fascinating and gripping account, a true to life Indiana Jones adventure. --Douglas Preston" A tale for the ages. --Mark Adams" I dare you to put this book down. --Evan Wright" The premise is so fantastic that if "Jungleland" were a novel, you could be forgiven for worrying that it might be a bit pulpy or clich?d The fact that this is all true turns the story from one of intrigue and odyssey into one of anthropological significance as well. --Daily Beast" [T]his is a gritty, remarkable tale of exploration and risk in a nervy trek to the edge of civilization. --Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)" "The true story [of] Jungleland resembles nothing so much as the set-up for one of H. Rider Haggard's old pulp adventure novels....Stewart is a crisp, lean, colorful stylist, with that essential knack: a nose for punchy, telling anecdotes and images...great fun to read."--Laura Miller, Salon "The premise is so fantastic that if Jungleland were a novel, you could be forgiven for worrying that it might be a bit pulpy or cliched...The fact that this is all true turns the story from one of intrigue and odyssey into one of anthropological significance as well."--Daily Beast
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About Christopher S. Stewart

Christopher S. Stewart is an editor at the Wall Street Journal. His work has appeared in GQ, Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, Salon, Wired, and other publications. He is the author of Hunting the Tiger, a book about Zeljko Arkan Raznatovic, the Serbian mobster and warlord at the center of the 1990s Balkan wars. He served as deputy editor at the New York Observer and is a former contributing editor at Conde Nast Portfolio. He lives with his family in New York.
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1,090 ratings
3.33 out of 5 stars
5 11% (124)
4 30% (332)
3 40% (441)
2 15% (166)
1 2% (27)
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