A Mysterious Lost City, A WWII Spy, and A True Story of Deadly Adventure

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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The author chronicles his present-day journey to find Ciudad Blanca, the legendary White City rumored to exist in the rain forests of Nicaragua's and Honduras' Mosquito Coast, following in the footsteps of the explorer and World War II spy Theodore Morde, who set out on the same journey on April 6, 1940.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061802546
Branch Call Number: 972.832 STEWART
Characteristics: xiii, 263 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.


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Jun 16, 2013

The author has got some historical issues wrong: California 49-ers were not farmers looking for free land but people seeking gold after it was discovered in this state in 1849.

Also Nasser was not president of Egypt in 1948. At the time Egypt was still monarchy under king Farouk. Nasser planned Farouk's overthrow in 1952, and consequently became Egypt's president in 1956.

May 23, 2013

Two journeys are at the heart of this amazing book about a historical account of a man in the 1940s who tried to find the fabled city called Ciudad Blanca in the jungles of Honduras. The second journey is undertaken by the author who uses the original diaries to find this Shangri-La. Each man has his own demons, and each man searches for what may be their undoing or the discovery of their lifetimes.

ChristchurchLib Apr 08, 2013

"It's said that deep in the jungles of Honduras there lies Ciudad Blanca, the White City, a place that - though it may not exist - has been talked about for centuries. Journalist Christopher S. Stewart, a Brooklyn husband and father, became drawn to stories about the city, especially those of explorer and World War II spy Theodore Morde, who claimed to have found the fabled place in 1940. Interspersing his own 2008 journey with Morde's WWII-era travel notes, Stewart writes of missing his family and juxtaposes the two time periods, showing that both explorers had to worry about not only snakes and bugs but also other humans. Fans of David Grann's excellent The Lost City of Z and Mark Adams' humourous Turn Right at Machu Picchu will want to know more about this similarly themed travelogue." April 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=620534


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Mar 20, 2013

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