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    DescriptionA "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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    The Lost City of Z
    A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Grann
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400078455
    ISBN 10: 1400078458

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
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    BIC subject category V2: RGR, HBJK
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    B&T Approval Code: A19200000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1920
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 91
    BISAC V2.8: HIS033000
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000
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    DC22: 918.1/1046
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    DC22: 918.11046
    DC21: 918.11046
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 13670
    LC classification: F2546 .G747 2010
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    16 PP. B&W; 2 MAPS
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    26 January 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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."