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Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America (Lost Cities Series)

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Rogue adventurer and maverick archaeologist David Hatcher Childress takes the reader on an unforgettable journeys deep into deadly jungles, windswept mountains and scorching deserts in search of lost civilizations and ancient mysteries.
Paperback, 381 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Adventures Unlimited Press (first published October 1986)
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Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Imagine how surprised I was to open up this book and read in the first paragraph that the author had left his family's home in Montana! Although I am from Montana and am obsessed with traveling, I am still amazed that a state currently with less than a million people has so many connections to literature and history.

Unfortunately as Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America was written in the mid-80s, much of it's travelogue style is out-dated and a hostel in Peru no-longer costs $2 per
Niall Fitzpatrick
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
a good romp through south america. I read it while in Peru and found it good for mentioning lesser known archaeological sites but after that it's not of much help (pictures were good). I enjoyed it far more for the authors escapades but being Irish I got a great chuckle out of the Irish monk theory for the origin for the Inca empire! entertaining stuff, do not take seriously!!
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
A romp taking itself too seriously. Did you know that everything the Incas accomplished was taught to them by Irish missionaries? or perhaps the descendants of Atlantis? Other than the ridiculous notion that all wonderful achievements have to be somehow created by people of NO color, this is a fun read. The parts i did know a smidge about (Lt. Colonel Percival Harrison Fawcett and his search for the lost city of Z) were almost reliably retold - but the wacky gold-riddled ideas of crazy Europeans ...more
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
A fairly fantastical account of Childress' travels through South America, and the lore that surrounds the ruins and cultures in the area. Light on actual fact, but really entertaining. It made me super excited to explore Peru!!
Tonydowler Dowler
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: this book is full of ridiculous speculation; nevertheless a great sourcebook of pop mythology, conspiracy, and archeaological anomalies.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Childress tells about his travels through South America with such detail and excitement that you want to book your flight and follow in his path immediately.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
How much you like this book totally depends on your interest level in South America! I have a high interest level.
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David Hatcher Childress (born 1957) is an American author and publisher of books on topics in alternative history and historical revisionism. His works often cover such subjects as pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, the Knights Templar, lost cities and vimana aircraft. Despite his public involvement in the general field of study, Childress claims to have no academic credentials as a professional ...more
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