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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon - David Grann
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
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A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the... show more
A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century:" What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z? In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization--which he dubbed “Z”--existed. Then he and his expedition vanished. Fawcett’s fate--and the tantalizing clues he left behind about “Z”--became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party and the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett’s quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle’s “green hell.” His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett’s fate and “Z” form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385513531 (0385513534)
ASIN: 0385513534
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Dem
Dem rated it
4.0 The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
A terrific adventure story, full of suspense and intrigue and lots of historical detail to keep the reader interested. I am not really a reader of adventure strories but every now and again one comes along that catches my interest and when a trusted Goodread's friend recommend this I just had to ...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
4.0 The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
4.5 starsEven though this is a nonfiction book, it reads like an adventure story, great writing. I really liked it, and I'm looking forward to seeing what to do with it in the movie.
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
4.0 The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
This will make you feel like a kid again! It will ignite a Jonny Quest kind of desire for adventure, to dive into the jungle in search of lost worlds.This will also quench most desires to ever take one step closer to a jungle. "Z" is supposedly a long lost South American city of a once powerful peop...
Bob @ Beauty in Ruins
Bob @ Beauty in Ruins rated it
4.0 The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
While The Lost City of Z wasn't quite the rollicking adventure I anticipated, it was a fascinating read - and one that all but managed to put an end to my dreams of being the next Indiana Jones. Okay, maybe that dream will never really die, but David Gann certainly has given me pause for thought wit...
debnance
debnance rated it
5.0 The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
I went off with City of Z explorer Percy Fawcett across the Amazon jungle over spring break. Hiram and Percy led us through "insatiable thirst, skull-splitting headaches, and uncontrollable shivering," as we were "spitting up mouthfuls of blood." We tramped through lands with tribes of natives who "...
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