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

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

by Christopher S. Stewart
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Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure by Christopher S. Stewart

"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? 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061802546
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Christopher S. Stewart is an investigative reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where he shared a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. His work has appeared in GQ, Harper’s, New York Times Magazine, New York, The Paris Review, Wired, and other publications, and he also served as deputy editor at the New York Observer and is a former contributing editor at Condé Nast Portfolio. Stewart is the author of Hunting the Tiger and Jungleland. He lives with his family in New York.

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Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really captivated me. Great blend of historical, travelogue. Did not want to put it down, for both sides of the story it tells. Glad I picked it up.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book and enjoyed it. The book tells of adventure, despair, and it is full information and facts. It is more than an adventure and a biography. I highly recommend this book. Wilton Parker 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book with a surprise ending which can make sense. It gives the story of the author side by side with a previous explorer from before World War II. But I must point out to the editors that the Spanish word "tranquilo" is supposed to have only one "L", not two. Please use your dictionary.
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efm More than 1 year ago
Amazing story of a man's search for a lost city in Middle America.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
has far has rating this e-book one star. The e-book had to much hype around it. Than when I read it I was so disappointed it did not deliver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was interesting but I have read explorations into the Amazon region that held my interest more than this book did. All in all, however, I commend the author for his determination to see this adventure through although I felt for his wife who worried at home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
jungleland is very original