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The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer's Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon

The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer's Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) David Grann

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  • Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 26mm | 277g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847394434
  • ISBN 13: 9781847394439
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
  • Sales rank: 48,833

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Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, the inspiration behind Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World, was among the last of a legendary breed of British explorers. For years he explored the Amazon and came to believe that its jungle concealed a large, complex civilization, like El Dorado. Obsessed with its discovery, he christened it the City of Z. In 1925, Fawcett headed into the wilderness with his son Jack, vowing to make history. They vanished without a trace. For the next eighty years, hordes of explorers plunged into the jungle, trying to find evidence of Fawcett's party or Z. Some died from disease and starvation; others simply disappeared. In this spellbinding true tale of lethal obsession, David Grann retraces the footsteps of Fawcett and his followers as he unravels one of the greatest mysteries of exploration.

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Author information

David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has written about everything from New York City's antiquated water tunnels to the hunt for the giant squid. His stories have appeared in several anthologies. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New Republic. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Customer reviews

By Daniel 31 Oct 2010 5

This book is great. Providing a impressive narrative of both the past and present challenges of the amazon and the secrets that it continues to devulge. I love the tone set in this book and I can clearly imagine the journies of the colonel and the time of his explorations alongside the comparison provided by the authors journey convay the difference in time from the past to the present and ask what will the future of the amazon entail. What secrets will it surrender?

Great book, great read.

You will remember this story and maybe be inspired to find out more about the colonel.