- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393241629
- ISBN-13: 978-0393241624
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stimulating, provoking, mournful.... [Roberts] has a deep and infectious passion for the landscapes, history and people of the Southwest.
- Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal<br \><br \> [H]as the pull and excitement of a suspense novel and appeals to a wide range of readers interested in this region s deep past and great beauty. - Booklist, Starred review
With the verve of his great mountaineering books, David Roberts takes us inside a lost ''genius climber'' civilization and its mysteries, introducing the looters, ruin baggers, warring academics, and wary tribal descendants who frame the ethical conflicts of modern archaeology while never losing his own explorer s energy and thirst for the thrill of wilderness discovery. These tales should be told around a campfire. --Tom Kizzia, author of Pilgrim s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
David Roberts is not only an elegant writer and an intrepid explorer, he s an ideal guide to the mysteries and wonders of the ancient Southwest. The Lost World of the Old Ones is the rare sequel that stands alone yet also takes its rightful place as a classic alongside its predecessor volume.
--- Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La
David Roberts brings an unusual panoply of talents to The Lost World of the Old Ones. Part ethnographer, part archaeologist with healthy doses of skeptical enquirer, curiosity seeker, and professional mountain climber mixed in this talented writer navigates the secret canyons and hidden watercourses of the American Southwest in search of a lost civilization.
- Alex Beam, author of American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church --Alex Beam, author of American Crucifixion
About the Author
A veteran mountain climber, David Roberts is the award-winning author of Alone on the Ice, The Lost World of the Old Ones, and Limits of the Known, along with twenty-six other books about mountaineering, exploration, adventure, and Western history and anthropology. He lives in Massachusetts.
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This is such an interesting book! I was born in Vernal Utah. Some of the stuff Mr Roberts referenced I was actually told about by my Grandfather and his grandfather before. (Butch Cassidy and the Hole in the wall gang.) Local Indian legends and the farmers that explored many of the ruins around Utah and Colorado. My family owns a cabin on Lake Valicito in Durango Colorado and reading about all the stuff I didn't know was around me is very amazing.
The climbing aspects are very intriguing especially considering the heights and difficulty involved. The writing style is very readable and keeps you interested. I imagine this was a hard book to write and bring all the history and personal experiences together. In addition goes over the Chaco Meridian theory developed by Archeologist Stephen H. Lekson.
I recommend this book to anyone that lives in the four corners area or just anyone that loves exploring old ruins and archaeology sites.