Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado

Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado

Douglas Preston / Sep 17, 2019

Cities of Gold A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado In April Douglas Preston and Walter Nelson set out to retrace Coronado s journey through the Southwest in search of the fabled cities of gold The result is an extraordinary and indelible

  • Title: Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado
  • Author: Douglas Preston
  • ISBN: 9780671737597
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In April 1989, Douglas Preston and Walter Nelson set out to retrace Coronado s 1540 41 journey through the Southwest in search of the fabled cities of gold The result is an extraordinary and indelible portrait of the modern Southwest in which Preston retraces Coronado s route, wandering over much of the real West , fast vanishing under the corrosive tide of modern progreIn April 1989, Douglas Preston and Walter Nelson set out to retrace Coronado s 1540 41 journey through the Southwest in search of the fabled cities of gold The result is an extraordinary and indelible portrait of the modern Southwest in which Preston retraces Coronado s route, wandering over much of the real West , fast vanishing under the corrosive tide of modern progress Maps.

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        Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school he was almost immediately expelled he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle the loss of his two front teeth to his brother Richard s fist and various broken bones, also incurred in dust ups with Richard Richard went on to write The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event, which tells you all you need to know about what it was like to grow up with him as a brother As they grew up, Doug, Richard, and their little brother David roamed the quiet suburbs of Wellesley, terrorizing the natives with home made rockets and incendiary devices mail ordered from the backs of comic books or concocted from chemistry sets With a friend they once attempted to fly a rocket into Wellesley Square the rocket malfunctioned and nearly killed a man mowing his lawn They were local celebrities, often appearing in the Police Notes section of The Wellesley Townsman It is a miracle they survived childhood intact.After unaccountably being rejected by Stanford University a pox on it , Preston attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he studied mathematics, biology, physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology, and astronomy before settling down to English literature After graduating, Preston began his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as an editor, writer, and eventually manager of publications Preston also taught writing at Princeton University and was managing editor of Curator His eight year stint at the Museum resulted in the non fiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, edited by a rising young star at St Martin s Press, a polymath by the name of Lincoln Child During this period, Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum, and in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T Rex, Child turned to Preston and said This would make the perfect setting for a thriller That thriller would, of course, be Relic.In 1986, Douglas Preston piled everything he owned into the back of a Subaru and moved from New York City to Santa Fe to write full time, following the advice of S J Perelman that the dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he s given the freedom to starve anywhere After the requisite period of penury, Preston achieved a small success with the publication of Cities of Gold, a non fiction book about Coronado s search for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola To research the book, Preston and a friend retraced on horseback 1,000 miles of Coronado s route across Arizona and New Mexico, packing their supplies and sleeping under the stars nearly killing themselves in the process Since then he has published several non fiction books on the history of the American Southwest, Talking to the Ground and The Royal Road, as well as a novel entitled Jennie In the early 1990s Preston and Child teamed up to write suspense novels Relic was the first, followed by several others, including Riptide and Thunderhead Relic was released as a motion picture by Paramount in 1997 Other films are under development at Hollywood studios Preston and Child live 500 miles apart and write their books together via telephone, fax, and the Internet.Preston and his brother Richard are currently producing a television miniseries for ABC and Mandalay Entertainment, to be aired in the spring of 2000, if all goes well, which in Hollywood is rarely the case.Preston continues a magazine writing career by contributing regularly to The New Yorker magazine He has also written for National Geographic, Natural History, Smithsonisan, Harper s,and Travel Leisure,among otherscmillan author dougla


    1. Two guys on horseback retrace Coronado's trip, nearly die, and retell history of New Mexico. Fascinating, absorbing. Best part for me: the vivid vignette of Diego de Vargas recapturing Santa Fe by sheer moxie, riding up in full shiny armor and demanding that they open the gates and surrender. Geez. I realize that there must have been a lot of internal disorganization and dissatisfaction with the government that had been running the city, but geez. That mental picture has inspired me to tiny brav [...]

    2. entertaining, though much of the historical information is going to be lost on mei never understood why they needed to bring a bad compass along with a good one

    3. Without doubt one of the finest books I've read on the American Southwest. If you are interested in history or just the story of two guys, on horseback, following Coronado's trail you'll love this book. It's underrated and a gem.

    4. This is an interesting travel/history book. Preston and a photographer buddy ride horses along the route followed by Coronado in his 1540 search for the seven cities of gold. Although Coronado went all the way to central Kansas, to Quivera, Preston rode from the Mexico/Arizona line to Pecos New Mexico, still nearly 1000 miles. He describes his trip, the rugged, arid country, the folks he meets, and alternates that with the history of the land he passes. That narrative covers Coronado’s time, t [...]

    5. Sometimes, history has got to be pursued from the back of a horse. Douglas Preston wasn't sure what took him to New Mexico -- he had a nice life in Manhattan before he abruptly decided to move to Santa Fe, to see the adobes washed in red sunlight -- but it took him further still, to the border of Arizona and Mexico. There, along with a friend and a hired horse wrangler, he purposed to re-create the journey of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, the first Spainard to explore the Southwest. They would [...]

    6. While Preston may not be my favorite thriller writer, he’s written one of my favorite non-fiction books ever. In the mid-1990s, Preston and a companion decided to re-trace Coronado’s exploration of the American Southwest – from the Mexican border with Arizona to the pueblo at Pecos. They opted to do so by horseback, covering the inhospitable desert in as much the same way as they could as the Spanish had 450 years before.Along the way, Preston interweaves their personal stories (learning h [...]

    7. As interesting as this historical ride was to read about, it is way too long. Unfortunately all of the nasty stuff that the Spaniards & U.S. Military did to the natives over and over in the various locations became too repetitive to read about. I am not to sure which was worse religion, greed, power or arrogance. Too bad that we can't learn from it.

    8. I picked up this book because I just moved to Arizona. Often as we've driven through the strange desert landscape, I've wondered about this land, how a place with the powerful monsoon season here can still be such an arid, thirsty desert. Fortunately, this book explains--and explains--and explains.The journey Douglas and Walter made through Arizona is one of those stories that will haunt my consciousness for a long time. Rather, this book is a series of stories. Sometimes the stories are episode [...]

    9. A monumental piece of work by Douglas Preston, it chronicles the 950 long horse journey that he and a friend took from the Mexican border with southern Arizona all the way to Pecos Pueblo outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico back in 1989, retracing the route supposedly taken by Cornado in 1539 and 1540 on his quest to find the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold." Traveling along some of the remotest and least hospitable landscapes in the lower 48 states, Preston provides excellent historical backgrounds to [...]

    10. I went into this book thinking it would be good to read prior to a nap. I could not have been more wrong. Douglas Preston takes a trip along the path that Coronado took some 450 years ago. Over desert, mountains, Mesquite groves, arroyos, quicksand and numerous other things trying to make a trip miserable. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the Southwest, the Spanish, all of the Native-American tribes, gunfighters, corrupt government officials, drought, windmills, ranching, grazing, [...]

    11. This book was fabulous; I could not put it down! Preston shares the history of the American Southwest through the stories of ranchers who love the land and work hard to continue to stay on it, of Native Americans who struggle to maintain their identity even as the worst parts of modern-day culture encroach upon their communities, and through engaging re-telling of actual events from centuries ago. He offers an unvarnished and often painful history of the settling of America, with all the horrors [...]

    12. I love this bookFred and I visited the Coronado museum on a visit to a bird sanctuary on the Arizona Mexican border. On other trips from his home in Phoenix, we visited many of the areas described. One that had fascinated me, l learned in this book was the Pecos national monument. We were just off road checking a tourist marker. I had no idea of the significance of the place but will never forget it's beauty and feeling of power.

    13. Cities of gold.As a reader of any and everything this is one of the best. Douglas Preston kept me reading into the late night. Having seen some of this country in person and being a an active eighty year old collector of Indian relics I could get lost in this book. His descriptions of the life of the Indian is very exact. My collection of 1000 plus artifacts found in my area of Texas seems to be more important than ever. Five stars.Ht

    14. Thanks Pard !What an enlightening book! Thank you Mr Preston for giving the world a glimpse into our past. I have lived in Arizona for twenty five years and have learned more about it's past through this story than I have learned in all the years of living here. I am very sad in learning some of the things I did. But I'm glad to be armed with the information that I can now pass on to my Grandchildren so maybe future generations won't make the same mistakes.

    15. Conquistadors, Cowboys and Indians.An historical tract and current odyssey from the north Mexico border through Arizona and New Mexico that recounts the history of the area and acquaints the reader with some of the current residents of the area and their lifestyles. This is a good history as well as an adventure in the harsh and arid southwest.

    16. Preston weaves us through the arroyos and foothills of southeastern Arizona crossing into NM at Zuni on a quest to follow Spaniards arrival into the land of Aztlan or the American Southwest. Preston is a funny man and adds a certain bent, perspective to his observations through out the journey. You’ll enjoy it!

    17. Adventure of lasting memoriesI really enjoyed this book. Although I never rode a horse or been out west I could imagine being there on the ride. The history of the Indians, Spanish and past places was a history lesson woven into the story. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm glad the dog was adopted at the end. I would love to see a book with all the pictures taken of the trip.

    18. Fascinating exploration of the history of the SouthwestThis is a fascinating narrative of a literal and figurative journey through the American Southwest as a small team followed the footsteps of Coronado.

    19. AwesomeOne of the best books I've read in quite a long time, I think I've found a new genre to pursue.The narrative of Mr. Preston during this trip and Walter was totally great.Loved this book and recommend to any reader

    20. Another book explaining how much better off the Southwest was in the 15th and 16th centuries before the Spainards starting exploring. It would have rated 4 stars for entertainment and historical value if it didn't have the politically and environmentally correct undertones.

    21. Good ReadAs a former resident of the area in the book I found it was factual and a very interesting read.

    22. Fantastic book about an incredible journey with an honest look at the history of region and how it was affected by the arrival of the spanish.

    23. A highly entertaining and culturally educational account of a writer’s hardscrabble horseback journey of a thousand miles along the route taken by Coronado in 1540-41. In the process Preston, a Boston native and New York resident, spent weeks beating episodes of life-threatening heat, hunger, and thirst as he and his companion encountered terrain across eastern Arizona and northern New Mexico as raw and unpopulated as it was five hundred years ago. Their toil's reward is this perfectly paced, [...]

    24. A journey through historyThis is a true story, and one of sadness. The history and Demise of Native Americans by the Spaniards and Europeans is at times hard to read, and yet reality of our impact so disturbing.This is a captivating story that everyone needs to read and never forget.

    25. I have read a few of Douglas Preston's fiction novels, and while the basic premises of them were all right and even entertaining, I found the execution of plots and characters to be lacking. So when I saw this nonfiction of his on a shelf at work, I found myself wondering how his writing would hold up if he didn't have to create new characters. And I was pleased to find that in fact, his writing is a lot better if he's just writing about himself and his own perspective! The story is this: Presto [...]

    26. Loved this book on so many levels. It was hilarious, worrisome, and thought-provoking in turns. This is a travelogue/adventure of the author's modern day on horseback trip attempting to replicate Coronado's trip through the Soutwestern desert. If you read Death Comes for the Archbishop, this answers many of the questions about the relationships of the early residents and how the area developed. The author and companion had a grueling trek through the desert which was only accomplished with the m [...]

    27. I loved this book all the way through. It gave a slightly different perspective on a landscape and history that is very important and personal to me, and reminded me why I love the desert and how important my heritage is to me. It mixes together the author's account of his trip following the route by which Coronado explored the Southwest, and stories about what happened in the places he passes through. Some of the stories I already knew, or at least knew some of, but many of them were quite new [...]

    28. This book is fantastic! It's not only a great(and true) adventure story about a "yankee" from Massachusetts exploring the southwest, its a history lesson about the first Europeans to enter what is now New Mexico and Arizona and great opportunity to learn about native american cultures that are long lost and almost forgotten( like the Pecos Pueblo) and the ones like the Zuni that are still around and mostly forgotten but still remember Coronado in their collective memories and to this day have ve [...]

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