Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

New York occasions Bestseller (Expeditions)

“Thrilling. … A desirable background of 2 males who dramatically replaced their contemporaries’ view of the past.” — Kirkus (starred review)

"[An] experience story that make[s] Indiana Jones look tame.” — Library Journal

In 1839, rumors of extraordinary but baffling stone ruins buried in the unmapped jungles of crucial the United States reached of the world’s such a lot intrepid tourists. Seized via the studies, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood—both already celebrated for his or her adventures in Egypt, the Holy Land, Greece, and Rome—sailed jointly out of latest York Harbor on an day trip into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. What they discovered would upend the West’s knowing of human history.

In the culture of Lost urban of Z and In the dominion of Ice, former San Francisco Chronicle journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen finds the remarkable tale of the invention of the traditional Maya. Enduring affliction, battle, and the torments of nature and terrain, Stephens and Catherwood meticulously exposed and documented the continues to be of an stunning civilization that had flourished within the Americas even as vintage Greece and Rome—and have been its rival in artwork, structure, and tool. Their masterful ebook concerning the event, written via Stephens and illustrated through Catherwood, grew to become a sensation, hailed through Edgar Allan Poe as “perhaps the main attention-grabbing e-book of commute ever released” and well-known this present day because the beginning of yankee archaeology. most vital, Stephens and Catherwood have been the 1st to understand the importance of the Maya continues to be, figuring out that their antiquity and class overturned the West’s assumptions concerning the improvement of civilization.

By the time of the flowering of classical Greece (400 b.c.), the Maya have been already developing pyramids and temples round relevant plazas. inside a number of hundred years the constructions took on a huge scale that required hundreds of thousands of man-hours of work, and technical and organizational services. Over the following millennium, dozens of city-states developed, every one ruled via robust lords, a few with populations better than any urban in Europe on the time, and attached by means of road-like causeways of beaten stone. The Maya built a cohesive, unified cosmology, an array of universal gods, a construction tale, and a shared inventive and architectural imaginative and prescient. They created stucco and stone monuments and bas reliefs, sculpting figures and hieroglyphs with sophisticated creative ability. At their height, an expected ten million humans occupied the Maya’s heartland at the Yucatan Peninsula, a quarter the place merely part one million now dwell. And but by the point the Spanish reached the “New World,” the Maya had all yet disappeared; they might stay a secret for the following 300 years.

Today, the tables are grew to become: the Maya are justly recognized, if occasionally misunderstood, whereas Stephens and Catherwood were approximately forgotten. in line with Carlsen’s rigorous research and his personal 2,500-mile trip in the course of the Yucatan and significant the USA, Jungle of Stone is both an exhilarating experience narrative and a revelatory paintings of heritage that corrects our figuring out of Stephens, Catherwood, and the Maya themselves.

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A City Lost & Found: Whelan The Wrecker's Melbourne

'Old landmarks fall in approximately each block ... and the face of town is altering so swiftly that the time isn't too a long way far-off while a look for a construction 50 years previous can be in vain.'' - bring in, 1925. The demolition company of Whelan the Wrecker used to be a Melbourne establishment for 100 years (1892 - 1992). Its well-known signal - 'Whelan the Wrecker is the following' on a pile of moving rubble - used to be a laconic masterpiece and served as a necessary signal of the city's development. it really is no stretch to assert that over 3 generations, the Whelan kin replaced the face of Melbourne, demolishing hundreds and hundreds of constructions within the vital urban by myself. In A urban misplaced and located, Robyn Annear makes use of Whelan's demolition websites as portals to discover layers of town laid naked through their choose - axes and iron balls. Peering underneath the rubble, she brings to gentle terrific tales approximately Melbourne's construction websites and their many incarnations. this can be a ebook in regards to the making - and remaking - of a urban.

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Code Name Caesar: The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 During World War II

By Jerome Preisler

In the waning days of global battle II, a little-known conflict came about lower than the frozen seas off the coast of Norway . . . and altered the process the war.
 
In February of 1944, Germany and Japan devised a determined plan to flee defeat. The Germans may ship Japan a submarine—boat U-864—packed with their such a lot complicated rocket and jet airplane expertise. Japan might then reestablish air superiority within the Pacific, drawing the eye of Allied forces lengthy adequate for Germany to regroup.
 
Meanwhile, British code breakers, operating with the Norwegian underground, had came upon the plan. yet even supposing they have been not able to forestall the submarine from embarking, the British submarine HMS Venturer used to be expecting it at sea. In a cat-and-mouse conflict underneath the waves, they hunted each other, every one ready to strike. The Venturer received the sport, turning into the one submarine in historical past to sink one other sub in underwater combat.
 
This is the dramatic, action-packed account of 1 of the best unsung victories in army background, and of a old second within the annals of naval conflict.

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Finding Longitude: How Ships, Clocks and Stars Helped Solve the Longitude Problem (UK Edition)

By National Maritime Museum, Richard Dunn, Rebekah Higgitt

Advised for viewing on color equipment. respectable ebook of the nationwide Maritime Museum's "Ships, Clocks and Stars" exhibition.

300 years in the past, amidst starting to be frustration from the naval neighborhood and strain from the expanding value of foreign alternate, the British govt handed the 1714 Longitude Act. It used to be an try and remedy probably the most urgent difficulties of the age: the right way to make certain a ship's longitude (east-west place) at sea. With life-changing rewards on supply, the problem captured the imaginations and skills of astronomers, expert craftsmen, politicians, seamen and satirists.

This fantastically illustrated e-book is an in depth account of those tales, and the way the longitude challenge used to be solved. Highlights of the e-book include:
- Foreword through the 15th Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees.
- especially commissioned photos from the nationwide Maritime Museum's archive.
- a brand new description of the collaborations and conflicts in a story of technical creativity, medical innovation and tough commercialism.

From an analogous writer as Dava Sobel's Longitude, discovering Longitude tells a brand new tale of 1 of the nice achievements of the Georgian age, and the way it replaced our figuring out of the realm.

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Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation

“A exceptional, unique, and significant work….Fitzpatrick offers a stunningly clean examine the impression of JFK’s assassination at the American people.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin

For Letters to Jackie, famous historian and information Hour with Jim Lehrer commentator Ellen Fitzpatrick combed via actually millions of condolence messages despatched by way of traditional american citizens to Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. the 1st booklet ever to check this remarkable assortment, Letters to Jackie offers 250 intimate, heartfelt, eye-opening responses to what used to be arguably the main devastating occasion in 20th century the United States, offering a desirable viewpoint on a novel time within the historical past of our nation.

 

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The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked

By David H Caldwell

A hoard of ivory chessmen and different gaming items used to be discovered buried at the Isle of Lewis within the early nineteenth century. The items are actually divided among nationwide Museums Scotland and the British Museum, and fascinate all who see them. specialists agree that they're medieval and of Scandinavian foundation. This illustrated occasion of the hoard seems to be at its origins, its discovery and, utilizing the talents of a forensic anthropologist, its craftsmanship.

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Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler

By Anne Nelson

During this unforgettable ebook, exclusive writer Anne Nelson stocks essentially the most surprising and inspiring–and least chronicled–stories of household resistance to the Nazi regime. The Rote Kapelle, or crimson Orchestra, used to be the Gestapo’s identify for an intrepid band of German artists, intellectuals, and bureaucrats (almost 1/2 them girls) who battled treacherous odds to unveil the brutal secrets and techniques in their fascist employers and oppressors.

Based on years of study, that includes new info, and culled from particular interviews, Red Orchestra records this riveting tale throughout the eyes of Greta Kuckhoff, a German operating mom. scuffling with for an schooling in Twenties Berlin yet annoyed through her country’s monetary instability and educational sexism, Kuckhoff ventured to the United States, the place she immersed herself in jazz, Walt Disney video clips, and the 1st stirrings of the recent Deal. whilst she lower back to her place of birth, she watched with discomfort because it descended right into a totalitarian society that relegated her associates to exile and detention, an atmosphere within which political extremism evoked an severe response.

Greta and others in her circle have been appalled via Nazi anti-Semitism and took motion on many fronts to help their Jewish pals and friends. because the battle raged and Nazi abuses grew in ferocity and succeed in, resistance used to be the one attainable street for Greta and her compatriots. those integrated Arvid Harnack–the German good friend she met in Wisconsin–who accrued anti-Nazi intelligence whereas operating for his or her financial Ministry; Arvid’s spouse, Mildred, who emigrated to her husband’s local nation to turn into the single American lady completed via Hitler; Harro Schulze-Boysen, the glamorous Luftwaffe intelligence officer who smuggled anti-Nazi details to allies in a foreign country; his spouse, Libertas, a social butterfly who coaxed favors from an unsuspecting Göring; John Sieg, a railroad employee from Detroit who publicized Nazi atrocities from a Communist underground printing press; and Greta Kuckhoff’s husband, Adam, a theatrical colleague of Brecht’s who came across employment in Goebbels’s propaganda unit as a way to undermine the regime.

For many contributors of the pink Orchestra, those audacious acts of braveness ended in their tragic and premature finish. those unsung everyone is portrayed right here with startling and sympathetic energy. As suspenseful as a mystery, Red Orchestra is an excellent account of normal but daring voters who have been keen to sacrifice every thing to topple the 3rd Reich.

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Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland's Present

By Norman Davies

Similar to Poland has once more been inspired on ecu realization. Norman Davies presents a key to knowing the fashionable Polish concern during this lucid and authoritative description of the nation's heritage. starting with the interval when you consider that 1945, he travels again in time to spotlight the long term subject matters and traditions that have motivated current attitudes. His evocative account finds Poland because the center of Europe in additional than the geographical experience. it's a kingdom the place Europe's ideological conflicts are performed out of their such a lot acute shape: as fresh occasions have emphasised, Poland's destiny is of significant predicament to ecu civilization as an entire. This revised and up-to-date version tackles and analyses the problems coming up from the autumn of the jap Bloc, and appears at Poland's destiny inside of a political weather of democracy and loose marketplace.

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The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV

The 'Affair of the Poisons' used to be a scandal at which 'all France trembled' and which 'horrified the total of Europe' because it implicated a few widespread individuals on the court docket of King Louis XIV within the overdue seventeenth century. Parisian society was once seized via a fad for spiritualist seances, fortune- telling, and using love potions. the main celebrated case used to be that of l. a. Voisin, a midwife and fortune-teller whose genuine identify was once Catherine Deshayes Monvoisin and whose shoppers integrated the Marquise de Montespan, Olympe Mancini and Marshal Luxembourg. No formal fees have been made, and there's no proof that they have been heavily implicated, but an enduring stain used to be left on their names. l. a. Voisin was once burned as a poisoner and a sorceress in 1680. a unique courtroom was once instituted to pass judgement on situations of poisoning and witchcraft, and the poison epidemic got here to an lead to France.This strange witchhunt, which embroiled the gilded denizens of Versailles with the main sordid dregs of Paris society, continues to be either a desirable enigma and an completely compelling tale.

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Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1933-1945

By David Kahn

For nearly 4 determined years, from 1939 to mid-1943, the British and American navies fought a savage, wasting conflict opposed to German submarine wolfpacks. The Allies could by no means have became the tide with out an intelligence coup. The race to wreck the German U-boat codes is likely one of the maximum untold tales of worldwide battle II. Kahn expertly brings this story to existence during this newly-updated variation of his vintage book.

Soon after battle broke out, Hitler’s U-boats started to sever Allied lifelines. within the grey barren region of the North Atlantic, submarines prowled; at evening, the sky lit up with the flames of exploding tankers. to fulfill the turning out to be problem, creative amateurs joined the nucleus of devoted execs at Bletchley Park. because the conflict of the Atlantic raged, they raced to liberate the consistently altering German naval codes. Their project: to learn the U-boat messages of Hitler’s cipher equipment, the Enigma.

Critical to their luck used to be a sequence of raids at sea. U-110, captured intact within the mid-Atlantic, yielded the Enigma computing device itself and in addition a trove of mystery records. the elements send Lauenburg seized close to the Arctic ice pack supplied codesettings for a complete month. within the Mediterranean, sailors rescued a German climate cipher than enabled the staff at Bletchley to unravel the Enigma after a year-long blackout.

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