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

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

William Carlsen

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"Thrilling. …A captivating history of two men who dramatically changed their contemporaries' view of the past." - Kirkus (starred review) 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-each 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 re-write 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 unforgettable true 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 remarkable book about the experience, written by Stephens and illustrated by Catherwood, became a sensation, hailed by Edgar Allen Poe as "perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published" and recognized today as the birth of American archeology. Most importantly, Stephens and Catherwood were the first to grasp the significance of the Maya remains, recognizing 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, technical and organizational expertise. Over the next millennium dozens

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Michael Garcia

Length:

16h 36m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

35:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:10:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

33:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

34:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

27:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:06:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

44:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

45:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

26:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

34:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

35:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

50:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

36:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:19