Reviews for Jungleland
“A fascinating and gripping account, a true to life Indiana Jones adventure.”
“The premise is so fantastic that if Jungleland were a novel, you could be forgiven for worrying that it might be a bit pulpy or clichéd…The fact that this is all true turns the story from one of intrigue and odyssey into one of anthropological significance as well.”
“The true story [of] Jungleland resembles nothing so much as the set-up for one of H. Rider Haggard’s old pulp adventure novels.…Stewart is a crisp, lean, colorful stylist, with that essential knack: a nose for punchy, telling anecdotes and images…great fun to read.”
“[T]his is a gritty, remarkable tale of exploration and risk in a nervy trek to the edge of civilization.”
“Maybe the more important question is, if you’re reading a book such as this, what are you looking for? History? Danger? Mystery? Jungleland provides all of those.”
“The tales of their dual quests to discover the White City make for an edge-of-your-seat, nonfiction ride into the wilds. Readers will quickly fall under the spell.”
“His modesty and ability to articulate his fears make him an appealing narrator.”
Press for Jungleland
I spoke to Harper’s about lost civilizations, travel literature and why the worst dramas sometimes make for the most interesting storytelling.
NPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” interviewed me about Jungleland.
The BBC’s World Update featured the book.
Praise for Hunting the Tiger
“An irresistible story about a totally repellent man. Christopher S. Stewart's great achievement is to help us understand how a man so ruthless, savage, and worthless as Arkan could dazzle and excite so many people in his wounded, twisted nation. You keep turning the pages through amazing stories about mad heists, lust, greed, and massacres, shaking your head and wondering how this could have gone on, not so long ago or far away.”
– Scott Simon, NPR, author of Pretty Birds
“In a book that combines meticulous investigative journalism with the tone of a well-written thriller, Christopher S. Stewart charts the astonishing rise and fall of 'Arkan the Tiger,' one of the most infamous of modern war criminals. In the process, he has cast a brilliant light onto an ominous phenomenon that is occurring in many of today's war zones: the blurring of the line between 'patriot and gangster, soldier and psychopath. His book should be essential reading not only for those who wish to understand what happened in the Balkans in the 1990s, but for anyone seeking to grasp why the 'modernbattlefield has become so savage.”
– Scott Anderson, journalist, author of Moonlight Hotel
“In the groundbreaking Hunting the Tiger, author Christopher S. Stewart has done the impossible in uncovering the secret truth that lies behind the hall-of-mirrors life of gangster, folk hero, assassin, and international war criminal Zeljko 'Arkan' Raznatovic. Part gripping biography, part white-knuckle investigation, it reads as a pure thrill ride as the reader follows Stewart as he tracks down and finally reveals the true face of one of history's most awesomely terrifying villains.”
– John Falk, author of Hello To All That
“Through dogged reporting across former Yugoslavia, Christopher S. Stewart gives us a riveting story of one Europe's most notorious gangsters – Arkan, a real-life villain with a baby-face who moved seamlessly from pulling off bank heists to orchestrating war crimes -- that reads more like an Ian Fleming novel than a work of contemporary non-fiction. In so doing, Stewart provides unprecedented insight into the insane life of a state-sponsored criminal who was behind some of the worst atrocities Europe has witnessed since the Second World War.”
– Stacy Sullivan, author of Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons In America