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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
by Douglas Preston

Published: 2017-09-05
Paperback : 336 pages
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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 ...
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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 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.

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by teachgiftedkids (see profile) 04/04/17
We watched a video clip about the expedition before we discussed the book. Try to find it if you can. Check out Preston's website and Facebook page also.

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by Rosensteph (see profile) 08/03/19

 
  "Discovery and danger in remote Honduran jungle"by [email protected] (see profile) 05/18/17

Fascinating story of lost civilization discovery found deep in remote, dense, inhospitable Honduran jungle found using ultra modern laser/radar detection technology. Site was undisturbed for more than... (read more)

 
  "Discoveries still happen!"by teachgiftedkids (see profile) 04/04/17

I've read all of Preston's fiction and love them. But he is also an amazing non-fiction author. He has been involved in other research discoveries, but this one would prove to be the most controversial.... (read more)

 
  "Not quite Indiana Jones!"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 02/11/17

The Lost City of the Monkey God-A True Story, Douglas Preston, author; Bill Mumy, narrator.
This book was billed as an Indiana Jones lookalike, a book filled with adventure and discovery. S
... (read more)

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