Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, A WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure

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Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, A WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure

Format:  Hardcover,

263 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jan 2013

ISBN-13: 9780061802546

ISBN-10: 0061802549

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"I began to daydream about the jungle...."

On April 6, 1940, explorer and future World War II spy Theodore Morde (who would one day attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler), anxious about the perilous journey that lay ahead of him, struggled to fall asleep at the Paris Hotel in La Ceiba, Honduras.

Nearly seventy years later, in the same hotel, acclaimed journalist Christopher S. Stewart wonders what he's gotten himself into. Stewart and Morde seek the same answer on their quests: the solution to the riddle of the whereabouts of Ciudad Blanca, buried somewhere deep in the rain forest on the Mosquito Coast. Imagining an immense and immaculate El Dorado-like city made entirely of gold, explorers as far back as the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes have tried to find the fabled White City. Others have gone looking for tall white cliffs and gigantic stone temples--no one found a trace.

Legends, like the jungle, are dense and captivating. Many have sought their fortune or fame down the Rio Patuca--from Christopher Columbus to present-day college professors--and many have died or disappeared. What begins as a passing interest slowly turns into an obsession as Stewart pieces together the whirlwind life and mysterious death of Morde, a man who had sailed around the world five times before he was thirty and claimed to have discovered what he called the Lost City of the Monkey God.

Armed with Morde's personal notebooks and the enigmatic coordinates etched on his well-worn walking stick, Stewart sets out to test the jungle himself--and to test himself in the jungle. As we follow the parallel journeys of Morde and Stewart, the ultimate destination morphs with their every twist and turn. Are they walking in circles? Or are they running from their own shadows? Jungleland is part detective story, part classic tale of man versus wild in the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Lost in Shangri-La. A story of young fatherhood as well as the timeless call of adventure, this is an epic search for answers in a place where nothing is guaranteed, least of all survival.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jan 2013
ISBN-13: 9780061802546
ISBN-10: 0061802549
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 263
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Prologuep. 1
A Professional Amateurp. 7
The Mountain That Criesp. 15
The Mystery Stickp. 23
Treading on Dynamitep. 27
My Lost-City Guidep. 35
I Was Lostp. 39
The Coupp. 43
949 Miles to La Ceibap. 47
Good-byep. 53
Left for Dead but Too Mean to Diep. 59
hotstuffie92p. 63
Where There Grow Strange Large Flowersp. 67
Snakes and Valiump. 71
Definitely on the Way at Lastp. 75
The Valley of the Princessp. 77
Gold Feverp. 83
Panchop. 87
The Last Outpostp. 93
Bandit Alleyp. 101
The Equivalent of a State Secretp. 105
Mortal Threatsp. 109
Dance of the Dead Monkeysp. 113
Catacamasp. 117
Green Hellp. 119
Loco Menp. 125
All Had Faded into Thin Airp. 131
The Jungle That Disappearedp. 137
Beyond Hopep. 141
Looking for Camp Ulakp. 145
No Trace of Ruinsp. 153
Calling Homep. 157
The Lost City of the Monkey Godp. 165
Our Time with the Piratesp. 169
The Jungle Does Not Seem Like It Wants Us to Gop. 177
Please Come Homep. 181
Ice in Our Glasses!p. 183
Ernesto's Storyp. 185
This Strange Civilizationp. 189
What We Learned from the Tawahkasp. 195
Daisyp. 203
Gateway to the Lost Citiesp. 207
They Had Orders to Shootp. 211
My Lowest Lowp. 215
I'm Having the Time of My Lifep. 217
Journey to the Crossesp. 223
From Journalist and Explorer and Spy to a Fatherp. 227
The Morde Theoryp. 235
The Lost Cityp. 245
Epiloguep. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 261

Book description

"I began to daydream about the jungle...."

On April 6, 1940, explorer and future World War II spy Theodore Morde (who would one day attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler), anxious about the perilous journey that lay ahead of him, struggled to fall asleep at the Paris Hotel in La Ceiba, Honduras.

Nearly seventy years later, in the same hotel, acclaimed journalist Christopher S. Stewart wonders what he's gotten himself into. Stewart and Morde seek the same answer on their quests: the solution to the riddle of the whereabouts of Ciudad Blanca, buried somewhere deep in the rain forest on the Mosquito Coast. Imagining an immense and immaculate El Dorado–like city made entirely of gold, explorers as far back as the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés have tried to find the fabled White City. Others have gone looking for tall white cliffs and gigantic stone temples—no one found a trace.

Legends, like the jungle, are dense and captivating. Many have sought their fortune or fame down the Río Patuca—from Christopher Columbus to present-day college professors—and many have died or disappeared. What begins as a passing interest slowly turns into an obsession as Stewart pieces together the whirlwind life and mysterious death of Morde, a man who had sailed around the world five times before he was thirty and claimed to have discovered what he called the Lost City of the Monkey God.

Armed with Morde's personal notebooks and the enigmatic coordinates etched on his well-worn walking stick, Stewart sets out to test the jungle himself—and to test himself in the jungle. As we follow the parallel journeys of Morde and Stewart, the ultimate destination morphs with their every twist and turn. Are they walking in circles? Or are they running from their own shadows? Jungle land is part detective story, part classic tale of man versus wild in the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Lost in Shangri-La. A story of young fatherhood as well as the timeless call of adventure, this is an epic search for answers in a place where nothing is guaranteed, least of all survival.

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