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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

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By (author) David Grann

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 23mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 26 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400078458
  • ISBN 13: 9781400078455
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 16 PP. B&W; 2 MAPS
  • Sales rank: 25,264

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A "New York Times," "USA Today," "Wall Street Journal," "Washington Post," "Boston Globe," "San Francisco Chronicle," "Los Angeles Times," and "Denver Post" Bestseller In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called "The Lost City of Z." In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett's quest for "Z" and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

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DAVID GRANN is a longtime staff writer at "The New Yorker." He has written about everything from New York City's antiquated water tunnels to the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, from the hunt for the giant squid to the mysterious death of the world's greatest Sherlock Holmes expert. His stories have appeared in several "Best American" writing anthologies, and he has written for "The""New York Times Magazine," "The Atlantic," "The Washington Post," "The Wall Street Journal," and "The New Republic." A collection of his stories, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, will be published in spring 2010.

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"Suspenseful. . . . Rollicking. . . . Reads with all the pace and excitement of a movie thriller. . . . The Lost City of Z is at once a biography, a detective story and a wonderfully vivid piece of travel writing that combines Bruce Chatwinesque powers of observation with a Waugh-like sense of the absurd. Mr. Grann treats us to a harrowing reconstruction of Fawcett's forays into the Amazonian jungle, as well as an evocative rendering of the vanished age of exploration." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Breathtaking. . . . Grann brings Fawcett's remarkable story to a beautifully written, perfectly paced fruition. . . . Any writer who can breathe life into letters written by scientists in the early 1900s deserves more than a hat tip." --"The Los Angeles Times " "Brilliant. . . . Impressively researched and skillfully crafted. . . . Grann makes abundantly clear in this fascinating, epic story of exploration and obsession, [that] the lethal attraction of the Amazon mystery remains strong." --"The Boston Globe" "A smart biographical page-turner." --"USA Today" "Grann escapes death and tracks down Z, giving the reader the kind of Indiana Jones kicks best experienced vicariously." --"Details" "A riveting, exciting and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure." --John Grisham "Thoroughly researched, vividly told. . . . Grann recounts Fawcett's expeditions with all the pace of a white-knuckle adventure story. . . . A thrill ride from start to finish." --"The Washington Post" "The story of Z goes to the heart of the central questions of our age. In the battle between man and a hostile environment, who wins? A fascinating and brilliant book." --Malcolm Gladwell "A spellbinding tale that produces fresh surprises around each turn. . . . An amazing story." --"Dallas Morning News" "A fascinating yarn that touches on science, history, and some truly obsessive personalities."