Category : Biography & Autobiography
Editor : HarperCollins
ISBN : 9780062407429
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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The acclaimed chronicle of the discovery of the legendary lost civilization of the Maya. Includes the history of the major Maya sites, including Palenque, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tuloom, Copan, and more. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Illustrated with a map and more than 100 images. In 1839, rumors of extraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world’s most intrepid travelers. Seized by the reports, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood—both already celebrated for their adventures in Egypt, the Holy Land, Greece, and Rome—sailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. What they found would upend the West’s understanding of human history. In the tradition of Lost City of Z and In the Kingdom of Ice, former San Francisco Chronicle journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen reveals the remarkable story of the discovery of the ancient Maya. Enduring disease, war, and the torments of nature and terrain, Stephens and Catherwood meticulously uncovered and documented the remains of an astonishing civilization that had flourished in the Americas at the same time as classic Greece and Rome—and had been its rival in art, architecture, and power. Their masterful book about the experience, written by Stephens and illustrated by Catherwood, became a sensation, hailed by Edgar Allan Poe as “perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published” and recognized today as the birth of American archaeology. Most important, Stephens and Catherwood were the first to grasp the significance of the Maya remains, understanding that their antiquity and sophistication overturned the West’s assumptions about the development of civilization. By the time of the flowering of classical Greece (400 b.c.), the Maya were already constructing pyramids and temples around central plazas. Within a few hundred years the structures took on a monumental scale that required millions of man-hours of labor, and technical and organizational expertise. Over the next millennium, dozens of city-states evolved, each governed by powerful lords, some with populations larger than any city in Europe at the time, and connected by road-like causeways of crushed stone. The Maya developed a cohesive, unified cosmology, an array of common gods, a creation story, and a shared artistic and architectural vision. They created stucco and stone monuments and bas reliefs, sculpting figures and hieroglyphs with refined artistic skill. At their peak, an estimated ten million people occupied the Maya’s heartland on the Yucatan Peninsula, a region where only half a million now live. And yet by the time the Spanish reached the “New World,” the Maya had all but disappeared; they would remain a mystery for the next three hundred years. Today, the tables are turned: the Maya are justly famous, if sometimes misunderstood, while Stephens and Catherwood have been nearly forgotten. Based on Carlsen’s rigorous research and his own 1,500-mile journey throughout the Yucatan and Central America, Jungle of Stone is equally a thrilling adventure narrative and a revelatory work of history that corrects our understanding of Stephens, Catherwood, and the Maya themselves.

Category : Biography & Autobiography
Editor : Everest Media LLC
ISBN : 9798822525450
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The Gulf of Honduras was unknown to most North Americans in 1839, as it was far removed from U. S. trade routes. But in 1802, the Spanish Empire began to dissolve, and its American colonies broke free. #2 Stephens and Catherwood were tasked with meeting the leaders of the recently formed United Provinces of Central America and concluding a trade agreement. However, they were also on another mission: to explore the jungle and see if they could find any intricately sculpted stones. #3 Catherwood and Stephens had similar adventures in the Middle East. They had both survived the region’s often hostile political and natural environment, and they had both studied the same ancient historical sites. They were like two parallel tracks that were destined to meet. #4 In 1836, Catherwood moved his family to New York. He began work on a cavernous panorama exhibition hall to show his huge canvases of the Middle East. The enterprise took off instantly and drew in healthy profits. Meanwhile, Stephens was coming off two phenomenal publishing coups. He had never drafted anything more exciting than law briefs and contracts, but he began writing up his European and Middle Eastern adventures.

Category : Central America
Editor :
ISBN : OXFORD:600036995
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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ISBN : BSB:BSB10468275
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Language : en
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Category : Juvenile Fiction
Editor : Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN : 9780375842764
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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Mother and Fatherwolf aren’t looking for trouble, but when a small man-child toddles by their cave, they decide they can’t leave him alone in the jungle. They take the boy into their pack, name him Mowgli, and raise him as one of their own cubs. Mowgli learns the law of the jungle from the big old brown bear Baloo and Bagheera the black panther, but even they can’t keep an eye on him all the time!

Category : History
Editor : Grand Central Publishing
ISBN : 9781455540020
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 304
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NAMED A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017#1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller! 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 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 century.

Category : History
Editor : Vintage
ISBN : 9780385529228
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 370
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction that unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century—the story of the legendary British explorer who ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization and never returned. “Suspenseful…rollicking.” —The New York Times In 1925, Percy Fawcett went into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle. Look for David Grann’s new book, The Wager, coming in April 2023!

Category : Juvenile Fiction
Editor : Scholastic Inc.
ISBN : 9780545633628
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 224
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Lost and alone in the jungle, one boy will have to let go of his assumptions and anger, or be dragged down with them. Dylan Barstow has finally crossed the line. After getting caught on a late-night joyride in a stolen car, Dylan is shipped off to live with his ex-Marine uncle for the summer. But Uncle Todd has bigger plans for Dylan than push-ups and early-morning jogs. Deep in the steamy jungles of Papua New Guinea, there's a WWII fighter plane named SECOND ACE that's been lost for years, a plane that Dylan's own grandfather barely escaped from with his life. In all this time, no one has ever been able to track down SECOND ACE -- but now Dylan and his uncle are going to try. Lush and haunted, vital and deadly, these alien jungles half a world away could mean Dylan's salvation, or they could swallow him whole.

Category : Fiction
Editor : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 9781682612279
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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The fast-paced sequel to The Team will keep you on the edge of your seat! When a small army is needed for a covert operation, the President calls on The Team—a very special ensemble of Marines, Rangers, SEALs and CIA operatives who make up one of the most lethal fighting forces in the US arsenal. Enrique Antonio Vega runs one of the largest cocaine cartels in South America, deep in the rain forest of the tri-border region. With a tribe of cannibalistic Guarani natives as his personal army, he operates with impunity—that is, until he takes part in the murder of the U.S. Ambassador. Having just returned from the Middle East where they foiled two large-scale terror attacks, The Team is retooled and sent to the jungle of the tri-border region. Their journey to the lair of Enrique Vega is perilous at every turn, and such is the wild ride of Into The Jungle: The Team Book Two.

Category : Biography & Autobiography
Editor : Sun Topaz
ISBN : 0975469185
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 280
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Where would you go if you needed to get away from it all? What would happen if you never came back? Your life would change forever as it did for Kristine Ellingson. She left her home in the U.S. and moved to Yucatan, the vibrant land of the ancient Maya. Kristine Ellingson was a successful American jewelry designer with two grown children and a marriage on the rocks. She left her home in Oregon for a trip to Yucatan, Mexico that she believed would be an extended vacation. Much to her surprise, her stop in Yucatan was permanent. Join Kristine as she recounts her journey in finding a new home and family in a peaceful village near the Mayan ruins of Uxmal. In spite of being an outsider and looking nothing like the Mayas—she is tall and blonde—she is accepted by the village and becomes an integral part of their community. Kristine allows readers to glimpse a world seldom seen by outsiders who travel to the Yucatan Peninsula.Tales from the Yucatan Jungle is illustrated with over 100 black and white photographs and contains a Bibliography and Index.