The Lost City of Z

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

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'A riveting, exciting and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure'JOHN GRISHAM

The story of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, the inspiration behind Conan Doyle's The Lost World

Fawcett 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.

'A wonderful story of a lost age of heroic exploration' Sunday Times

'Marvellous ... An engrossing book whose protagonist could out-think Indiana Jones' Daily Telegraph

'The best story in the world, told perfectly' Evening Standard

'A fascinating and brilliant book' Malcolm Gladwell
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 34mm | 258g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 pages b-w plates
  • 9781847394439
  • 35,853

About David Grann

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.
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83,162 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 27% (22,564)
4 41% (34,230)
3 24% (19,937)
2 6% (4,625)
1 2% (1,806)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by Daniel
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