By Christopher S. Stewart
"I started to daydream concerning the jungle...." On April 6, 1940, explorer and destiny international warfare II secret agent Theodore Morde (who could someday try to assassinate Adolf Hitler), apprehensive concerning the perilous trip that lay sooner than him, struggled to go to sleep on the Paris inn in l. a. Ceiba, Honduras. approximately seventy years later, within the comparable inn, acclaimed journalist Christopher S. Stewart wonders what he is gotten himself into. Stewart and Morde search an analogous resolution on their quests: the answer to the riddle of the whereabouts of Ciudad Blanca, buried someplace deep within the rain wooded area at the Mosquito Coast. Imagining a tremendous and immaculate El Dorado–like urban made completely of gold, explorers way back to the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés have attempted to discover the fabled White urban. Others have long gone searching for tall white cliffs and monstrous stone temples—no one discovered a hint. Legends, just like the jungle, are dense and desirable. Many have sought their fortune or repute down the Río Patuca—from Christopher Columbus to present-day university professors—and many have died or disappeared. What starts as a passing curiosity slowly becomes an obsession as Stewart items jointly the whirlwind existence and mysterious loss of life of Morde, a guy who had sailed all over the world 5 instances prior to he used to be thirty and claimed to have came upon what he known as the misplaced urban of the Monkey God. Armed with Morde's own notebooks and the enigmatic coordinates etched on his well-worn jogging stick, Stewart units out to check the jungle himself—and to check himself within the jungle. As we stick with the parallel trips of Morde and Stewart, the final word vacation spot morphs with their each twist and switch. Are they jogging in circles? Or are they operating from their very own shadows? Jungleland is an element detective tale, half vintage story of guy as opposed to wild within the culture of The misplaced urban of Z and misplaced in Shangri-La. a narrative of younger fatherhood in addition to the undying name of experience, this is often an epic look for solutions in a spot the place not anything is assured, least of all survival.
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Extra info for Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure
The notion of a journalist moonlighting as a spook was not exactly far-fetched. Since at least the nineteenth century, governments around the world enlisted reporters and writers as an effective way to get a secret agent into another country. They were skilled at reconnaissance and digging up sources. They could blend into foreign milieus and disappear if necessary. S. agents during both world wars. Journalists weren’t the only ones. Missionaries, geographers, mapmakers, and adventurers too were tapped for espionage efforts.
He was sixty-three and had given up everything—first engineering, then a job on Wall Street—to build his new museum. “George would get himself a new limousine and make a pilgrimage, at ninety miles an hour, across the continent,” the professor recalled. ” When Heye wasn’t out searching himself, he hired scores of anthropologists and adventurers to roam the Americas. “He collected the best anthropologists,” the professor continued. ” Early on, he stored his collection in an elegant Madison Avenue mansion, where he lived with his socialite wife (the first of three; his second wife, tired of his artifacts and wandering, would lock him out of his house and ask for a divorce) and two children, but in 1939 it was housed in a four-story building in Harlem, at 155th Street and Broadway, and known as the Museum of the American Indian.
He was in New York now for an event for his fashion designer wife. Chris stood out among the skinny, sleep-deprived Brooklyn hipster kids in black with angular, mussed-up haircuts. In fact, he looked as though he’d just jumped out of the pages of National Geographic. He wore sand-colored fast-drying pants with multiple pockets and a white safari shirt. He is about six foot two, with muscular arms and brown hair turning gray and trimmed military-style. His metal-framed glasses looked hard to break.
Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure by Christopher S. Stewart