The Lost City of Z by David Grann
A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

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The #1 New York Times bestseller  - now a major motion picture starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson. 

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. 

Look for David Grann’s new book, Killers of the Flower Moon, available now.
 

About David Grann

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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.
 
Published February 17, 2009 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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A colorful tale of true adventure, marked by satisfyingly unexpected twists, turns and plenty of dark portents.

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The New York Times

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As for Mr. Grann’s book, it reads with all the pace and excitement of a movie thriller and all the verisimilitude and detail of firsthand reportage, and it seems almost surely destined for a secure perch on the best-seller lists.

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The New York Times

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In the end, “The Lost City of Z” has the odd effect of making the present age seem small, its heroes like museum miniatures. They had explorers who blazed trails, we have journalists who follow trails already blazed in search of explorers.

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The Guardian

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It won't lessen the vivid pleasures of this ripping yarn to note that, while Grann doesn't succeed in all his objectives, he learns that an indigenous civilisation close to the Brazilian-Bolivian border may well have built cities almost a thousand years ago...

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BC Books

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For me, reading about these harrowing tales was enough to make me appreciate their heroism and steadfastness from afar. As a bestseller on the lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Denver Post, and others, obviously I wasn't the only one who found the story...

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The Wall Street Journal

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The Lost City of Z By David Grann (Doubleday, 339 pages, $27.50).

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The Wall Street Journal

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...somewhat less successful than his well-wrought and occasionally funny historical account of the Fawcett saga.

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NPR

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Canadian explorer John Hemming wrote a scathing review of The Lost City of Z and of Fawcett's career, arguing with credible authority that the whole thing was a major Hollywood fabrication that amplified the already exaggerated account in Grann's book.

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Book Reporter

Grann was right. There was no way through it but to do it. He had to go where Fawcett had gone and see for himself. To tell everything he found out would spoil the fun of this highly detailed, exhaustively investigated historical mystery, which truly keeps its reader in “the grip.”

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AV Club

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An author follows in the footsteps of a lost South American explorer, succumbing to the same obsessions.

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AV Club

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With his thorough and colorful research into all aspects of the colonel’s life, not just his triumphal reports to his backers, Grann drags this nearly forgotten figure and his thirst for exploration into a well-deserved spotlight.

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Entertainment Weekly

Fawcett, a robust self-made man with an almost unnatural athleticism and resistance ?to disease, disappeared on an expedition in 1925. New Yorker writer David Grann ?fares better in The Lost City of Z, bringing back a fascinating yarn that touches on science, history, and some truly obsessive per...

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The Washington Post

Grann's voyage, in other words, was no disappointment to him. Nor is it to readers. Although Fawcett's story cuts through 100 years of complicated history, Grann follows its twists and turns admirably.

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The Telegraph

To reveal whether “Z” existed would spoil the surprise: suffice to say that this is an engrossing book, whose protagonist could outmarch Lara Croft and out-think Indiana Jones.

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Christian Science Monitor

And yet it’s hard not to care about the fate of this man who pushed himself so far beyond the normal limits of human capacity. And to read “The Lost City of Z” is to feel grateful that Grann himself bothered to set out for the Amazon in search of the bones of an explorer whose body was long ago r...

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Buffalo Rising

This fast-paced story of a real life "Indiana Jones-style" exploration rivals any of the fictionalized adventures of the "Indiana Jones" character.

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Red Dirt Reporter

And so over the decades many “Fawcett freaks” have ventured into the dangerous rainforests, many woefully unprepared, and many never coming home, in hopes of finding evidence of Fawcett or perhaps even the location of “Z,” the lost city of “precious stones” and timid, “clothed natives of European...

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Independent Weekly

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Fawcett had the means and the motivation to construct a convincing lost city in his head, one utterly disconnected from historical or scientific fact.

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