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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

by Douglas Preston

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    Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya by William Carlsen (rakerman)
    rakerman: Jungle of Stone tells the story of challenging explorations of Mayan sites. The Lost City of the Monkey God tells the tale of a challenging exploration of a city from an unknown but potentially Maya-related civilization.
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    The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (rakerman)
    rakerman: The River of Doubt is a dangerous jungle expedition to explore a river in 1913–14. The Lost City of the Monkey God is a dangerous jungle expedition to explore a lost city in 2015. Although separated by a century, some similar challenges are encountered.
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A very good book about prejudice against citizens of Japanese ancestry both before, during and after WWII. The book ostensibly is focused on a Japanese man unjustly accused of murder and his trial, but also provides some backstory to his life, while integrating the prejudice that existed. Somewhat slow moving in parts but made up for by the overall story. ( )
  highlander6022 | Sep 3, 2018 |
This book has a bit of everything: history, science, and adventure. I really enjoyed it. Set in Honduras, this tells of author Douglas Preston's journey with an expedition to find a lost city. On the way there are larger than life figures, near disasters, serious illnesses, political struggles and scientific spats. ( )
  dcoward | Jun 26, 2018 |
[b: The Lost City of the Monkey God|30145126|The Lost City of the Monkey God A True Story|Douglas Preston|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1479554057s/30145126.jpg|50578829] is a riveting read. From start to finish, it's engrossing and paced to mirror the exploration as it happens. At times everything seems to happen at once, while at others the reader is as frustrated as everyone else - waiting for the planes to arrive, or permits to be pushed through. I appreciated this pacing, as at times archaeology is just that. Politics and a waiting game that frustrates nearly everyone involved - as all too often excavations themselves are a race against looters.

The Lost City of the Monkey God is focused upon the discovery, and cursory excavations that have thus far taken place. It's a wild ride, rife with the legends of Ciudad Blanca, and what it has meant over the years to the Honduran people. There is vast history here - of Honduras itself, of the mythology, the Mayan people, and the controversies archaeology has faced when it comes to dealing with sites familiar to indigenous peoples. There is also the history of colonization itself, and how it affected the Maya as well as the Mosquitia cultures.

This is a good book, if at times a bit too much of a layman's view of some things. I disliked the heavy referencing towards the end of Jared Diamond, as too often his views are overly simplistic and more harmful than good when it comes to the understanding of anthropology. Nevertheless, that complaint is minor, as the book itself was quite a fun read. At the very least it will have me a bit terrified of sandflies for the foreseeable future and the parasites they often carry... And with a great appreciation for all the work NIH does. ( )
1 vote Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Explores the desire to hunt down a legend, the necessary evil of the search and the aftermath of the action...also some thought provoking societal observations. ( )
  Bricker | May 11, 2018 |
Loved this book

I'm a sucker for a good adventure story, and that's just what this book delivers. A fascinating look into what it takes to launch a research expedition into the jungle, and the consequences of venturing into the wilderness.
  KimDeg | Apr 3, 2018 |
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To my mother Dorothy McCann Preston Who Taught Me to Explore
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Deep in Honduras, in a region called La Mosquitia, lie some of the last unexplored places on earth.
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"#1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled true story about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization"--

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