"David Grann's "The""Lost City of Z" is a deeply satisfying revelation--a look into the life and times of one of the last great territorial explorers, P. H. Fawcett, and his search for a lost city in the Amazon. I mean, what could be better--obsession, mystery, deadly insects, shrunken heads, suppurating wounds, hostile tribesmen--all for us to savor in our homes, safely before the fire."--Erik Larson, author of "Thunderstruck," "Devil in the White Cit, y" and "Isaac's Storm"
"Few things are better than experiencing a horrendous adventure from the comfort of your own armchair. Hordes of mosquitoes, poison-arrow attacks, bizarre and fatal diseases, spies in starched collars, hidden outposts of Atlantis -- what's not to like? "The Lost City of Z "is like a wonderful nineteenth-century tale of exotic danger -- except that David Grann's book is also a sensitively written biographical detective story, a vest-pocket history of exploration, and a guide to the new archaeological research that is exploding our preconceptions of the Amazon and its peoples." --Charles Mann, author of "1491"
"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, author of "Blink" and "The Tipping Point"
"With this riveting work, David Grann emerges on our national landscape as a major new talent. His superb writing style, his skills as a reporter, his masterful use of historical and scientific documents, and his stunning storytelling ability are on full display here, producing an endlessly absorbing tale about a magical subject that captivates from start to finish. This is a terrific book."--Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Team of Rivals"
"What a wild and adventurous life! In the deft storytelling hands of David Grann, explorer Percy Fawcett emerges as one of the most ambitious, colorful, just plain intrepid figures ever to set foot in the New World. Part Indiana Jones, part Livingstone, and part Kit Carson, Fawcett has found his perfect biographer in Grann, who has gamely endured every conceivable Amazonian hardship to piece together the story of this British swashbuckler and his crazed search for a vanished civilization."-- Hampton Sides, author of "Blood and Thunder" and "Ghost Soldiers"
"David Grann takes the reader on an extraordinary journey that snakes through expeditionary archives and ends deep in the Amazonian forest. "The Lost City of Z" is a gripping tale of a lost world and of the magnificent obsession of those who have sought it." --Caroline Alexander, author of "The Bounty" and "The Endurance"
"The Amazon has had many chroniclers but few who can match David Grann's grasp of history, science, and especially narrative. Shifting seamlessly between the past and present, "The Lost City of Z" is a riveting, totally absorbing real-life adventure story."--Nathaniel Philbrick, author of "Mayflower" and "In the Heart of the Sea"
"A fantastic story of courage, obsession, and mystery, "The Lost City of Z" is gripping from beginning to end. In the pantheon of classic exploration tales, this stands out as one of the best." --Candice Millard, author "The River of Doubt"
"A wonderfully researched true story about an intrepid adventurer, a colorful cast, and an obsession that grips both him and the author."--Walter Isaacson, author of "Einstein"show more