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The Resource Jungleland : a mysterious lost city, a WWII spy, and a true story of deadly adventure, Christopher S. Stewart

Jungleland : a mysterious lost city, a WWII spy, and a true story of deadly adventure, Christopher S. Stewart

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Jungleland : a mysterious lost city, a WWII spy, and a true story of deadly adventure
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Jungleland
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a mysterious lost city, a WWII spy, and a true story of deadly adventure
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Christopher S. Stewart
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Jungle land
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eng
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The author chronicles his present-day journey to find Ciudad Blanca, the legendary White City rumored to exist in the rain forests of Nicaragua's and Honduras' Mosquito Coast, following in the footsteps of the explorer and World War II spy Theodore Morde, who set out on the same journey on April 6, 1940
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  • /* Starred Review */ In a modern-day quest to locate the fabled Lost City, Stewart, an editor at the Wall Street Journal and the author of Hunting the Tiger, takes the reader on a perilous, thrill-laden search for that mythical place, first bitten by the adventure bug in the spring of 2008 after researching the journals of American explorer and spy Theodore Morde. The journalist parallels his own quest to find the mysterious Ciudad Blanca, the White City, to the search by Morde, into a remote part of southeastern Honduras, with its jungle heat, harsh river trip, natives, and other dangers. While Morde’s vision of the White City turns out to be folklore, Stewart finds himself at odds with snakes, crocodiles, timber pirates, and a brewing civil war, which going farther into the bush as he questions himself about his mission. Possibly the book should have been about Morde and his various identities as WWII spy and bold explorer than the author’s expedition, which comes up with few results. Still, this is a gritty, remarkable tale of exploration and risk in a nervy trek to the edge of civilization. Agent: P.J. Mark. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 3, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 49, p)
  • Wall Street Journal editor Stewart (Hunting the Tiger: The Fast Life and Violent Death of the Balkans' Most Dangerous Man, 2008) makes use of the legacy of a 1930s explorer and adventurer in a new attempt to locate a fabled city in the tropical rain forests of Honduras. The author found a walking stick and map that once belonged to Theodore Morde, who claimed to have discovered Ciudad Blanca, the White City, in 1939. Stewart's research also produced the logs and records, which included interviews with Indian inhabitants and uncovered Morde's great knack for storytelling. Even Stewart and his experienced archaeologist guide Chris Begley were unsure about what they had found and whether they followed Morde's trail to the city he claimed to have discovered. But they have crafted a clear trail to follow on the way. Set against a background of the latest military coup in Honduras and the activities of narcotraficantes, corporate jungle destroyers, pirates, robbers and other human predators, as well as deadly snakes and insects and almost impenetrable jungle, their modern search bears eerie parallels to the trail made by Morde and his companions. Back then, the United Fruit Company was on the march, and exiles from Nazi Germany were trying to scratch a living from the unforgiving terrain. Stewart left his wife and daughter in Brooklyn and traveled to the Mosquito Coast, from which he set off overland. Modern transportation, however, seemed less reliable than the river routes followed by the earlier crew, and the modern explorers embarked on an exciting journey in search of landmarks, tribes and, in the depths of the jungle, the Monkey-men, worshipers of the Monkey God. A great revival of an older genre, the treasure hunt, and associated adventures.(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012)
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contains biographical information
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10153844
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Stewart, Christopher S
Dewey number
972.832
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
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no index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Morde, Theodore
  • Stewart, Christopher S.
  • Morde, Theodore A
  • Geographical myths
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Explorers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Spies
  • Central America
  • Mosquitia (Nicaragua and Honduras)
  • Mosquitia (Nicaragua and Honduras)
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a true story of adventure, obsession, and the deadly search for the lost white city
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Jungleland : a mysterious lost city, a WWII spy, and a true story of deadly adventure, Christopher S. Stewart
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-263)
Control code
000050438622
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 263 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780061802546
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(hc) :
Other physical details
ill., maps
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Jungleland : a mysterious lost city, a WWII spy, and a true story of deadly adventure, Christopher S. Stewart
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-263)
Control code
000050438622
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 263 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780061802546
Isbn Type
(hc) :
Other physical details
ill., maps

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