By Gerard Helferich
A booklet completely timed for the re-setting of the Maya calendar in 2012.... half historical past, renowned technology, armchair shuttle, and real-life treasure hunt, this is often the tale of pre-Columbian jade—the priceless stone respected by means of historic Aztecs, Incans, and Maya—and the scientists, creditors, explorers and marketers who've been trying to find the legendary jade mines for greater than a century.
“A compelling tale.... This well-focused and well-told account brings America’s such a lot mythologized gemstone into sharp relief.”
—Wall highway Journal
“[T]he tale of the hunt for the long-vanished mines of the Mayas . . . [with] enticing digressions into plate tectonics, the know-how of jade carving and the brutal background of the regimes of a succession of Guatemalan generals. . . . [Prospectors] Ridinger and Johnson persevered earthquakes, coups, kidnapping, even civil struggle. yet ultimately they stumbled upon large blocks of the attractive, elusive stone.”
—New York instances publication Review
Selected as an Indie subsequent checklist “Great Read”
“The look for the assets of this mysterious rock reads like detective fiction, and consists of geologists, archaeologists, marketers, poachers, and a number of different characters, yet it’s all real. a superb read!” —Michael D. Coe, writer of Breaking the Maya Code