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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

af Douglas Preston

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History. Nonfiction. HTML:The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe and National Geographic: acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep into the Honduran rainforest in this riveting narrative about the discovery of a lost civilization ?? culminating in a stunning medical mystery.

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.
Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.
Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.
Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first c
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Douglas Preston bit off a little more than he could chew when he set out with an expedition to the Honduran jungle to uncover a "lost civilization." For all he had heard about venomous snakes, deadly jaguars, and tropical diseases, he didn't really take them seriously until disease-ridden sandflies chewed him up and spit him out, leaving him with a stern case of visceral leishmaniasis. If left untreated, the disease could have resulted in Preston losing his mouth and nose to this flesh-eating disease, and possibly having his face cave in on itself. You'd think Preston would have learned his lesson but NO HE DID NOT. So charmed was he with the discoveries his colleagues made he went back into the jungle for the official opening of the site to archaeological recovery. Since the Columbian drug lords moved head offices to Honduras, it has been a notoriously dangerous place to do business or, for that matter, recover lost treasure. Honduran farmers are busy destroying the jungle for grazing land and any hint of ancient art buried in the land brings poachers. Nothing would make me eager to come face-to-face with a six-foot-long fer-de-lance snake and his/her 1.5" fangs. I sometimes wonder about people's sanity. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
This may be a decent book for many readers, but I have read better adventure/exploration books (Lost City of Z, River of Doubt, Walk in the Woods, To Timbuktu and others). The adventure was mild, the science was sketchy, and too many assumptions that lead to conclusions based on sinking mud. I would suggest moving on to something a little more rewarding. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this book. Easy to read and a wild history and story. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
The 500 year old legend said there was an ancient city hidden the Honduran rain forest and those who went there fell ill and died. Author Preston joined an scientific expedition in 2012 to find this city and explore it. Using latest technology such as Lidar that permitted the exploring of the jungle canopy from the air they discovered the exact location of the ancient buildings and planned an on foot exploration.

The trip would prove dangerous because of snakes, including the deadly fer-de-lance, multiple diseases carried by insects including leishmaniasis and wild animals such as the jaguar. Most of the participants would become affected with tropical diseases, some who will probably suffer from them for the rest of their lives.

An exciting and challenging true story that challenges the reader to ask, "Could I do such a trip?" ( )
  lamour | Sep 5, 2023 |
This book isn’t exactly FILLED with exciting adventures of survival in the rainforests of the Honduras like I had expected, but it is very interesting and rich with information on this new discovery in 2015, of Ciudad Blanca, the “White City” of Mosquitia in the Honduras. The author is a very fluid and vivid writer. He begins with bringing you up to speed on the 500 years previous attempts to locate this Lost City of the Monkey Gods, and the lies and fraud from ones that claimed they had found it.

He then goes into a little bit of politics in Hondura, also well-written and easily understandable, giving a better understanding of the Honduran climate over-all, with the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 that set the country back a half century with chaos and a collapse of the economy. Murder rates, looting,and lawlessness filled the land.

Between 1990 and 2010, Hondurans, under no regulations, clear-cut 37 percent of its rainforest just for grazing cattle on. It would be about 8 years before they reached Mosquitia, and all the hidden cities buried underneath the jungle, yet to be discovered, archived, and researched. Once discovered, the looters would be out there, stealing and destroying any chance of learning anything about their native ancestors or their country. So, the team of archaeologist had to move, and move quickly to secure the site, which is a huge portion of the rainforest that would take years and years of careful archaeological digs and studies to learn more of the people who up and vanished without a trace. How awesome if they were to find more DNA samples over the years to add to the collection!

He then gives you four page-turning chapters, describing their experiences in the jungle while discovering the area for the first time. And from there, he brings you back to the U.S. only to learn that the world of archaeology is just as political and cut-throat as any other field, and, to find that several of the team, including himself, have contracted a deadly form of parasite, Leishmania braziliensis, from sand flies living in the rainforest.

The authors take on the history of the ancient Indians of Honduras, and how disease, with smallpox being the worst, most likely spread through trading and slave trading from coast to coast, and inland, was very interesting…”half the population of Honduras died from disease in the years from 1530-1532.” (e-Book, p. 228, 67%) and all of “the Indians of the main Caribbean islands (Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico) had become extinct: almost six million dead by 1543” (e-Book, p. 227, 67%) . You will learn so much the fascinating truth of Columbus’s so-called discovery of the New World. It is understandably very frustrating for the natives of Honduras to hear that history only began when Columbus made the discovery of this New World.

EYE-CATCHER: A true and thought-provoking quote from the team’s photographer, Mark Plotkin: “Conservation is a spiritual practice.” (e-Book, p. 175, 52%). You either cherish, protect, and love this earth that God has given to us, or you go and squander all the resources you can, not giving a diddly-squat about anything.

To see this story visually, there is a 45 minute DVD movie produced by National Geographic, released in 2015, called "Legend of the Monkey God", which can be purchased on Amazon and coincides with this book. Will be looking into this soon. ( )
  MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
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History. Nonfiction. HTML:The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe and National Geographic: acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep into the Honduran rainforest in this riveting narrative about the discovery of a lost civilization ?? culminating in a stunning medical mystery.

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.
Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.
Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.
Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first c

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