The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (Paperback)

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Archeology, anthropology, history, adventure, academic infighting, and medical mystery. This well-researched book has something for everyone. And it's all true. From the early legends of the White City or City of the Monkey God, people outside of Honduras were curious. Artifacts reportedly from the city as well as stories circulated by adventurers insisting they had seen the ruins encouraged this curiosity. A few years ago, a documentary filmmaker, using cutting-edge mapping techniques, went looking for the sought-after city. Well-known author Douglas Preston joined the expedition, intending to write an article on the search. What follows is a riveting book about the mapping process, the expedition, their hardships, and their discoveries. Exiting the jungle did not end their story. Publication of their discoveries caused academic infighting. Then members of the small group began to fall ill. This page turner makes fiction appear tame. Douglas Preston draws his readers into a story that evolves from adventure to terror. I could not put it down. I took it to work, shopping, and lost hours of sleep. And I plan to read it again and again. – Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale

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NAMED A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017#1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller
A Best Book of 2017 from the Boston Globe
One of the 12 Best Books of the Year from National Geographic
Included in Lithub's Ultimate Best Books of 2017 List
A Favorite Science Book of 2017 from Science News

A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle.
Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, 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 century.
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About the Author

DOUGLAS PRESTON worked as a writer and editor for the American Museum of Natural History and taught writing at Princeton University. He has written for The New Yorker, Natural History, National Geographic, Harper's, Smithsonian, and The Atlantic. The author of several acclaimed nonfiction books--including the bestseller The Monster of Florence--Preston is also the co-author with Lincoln Child of the bestselling series of novels featuring FBI agent Pendergast.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781455540013
ISBN-10: 1455540013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English