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 stirring tale of lost civilizations, avarice, madness and everything else that makes exploration so much fun.

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The New York Times

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“The Lost City of Z” is at once a biography, a detective story and a wonderfully vivid piece of travel writing.

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The New York Times

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A journalist follows the trail of Percy Fawcett’s 1925 fatal quest for a fabled city of gold in the Amazon jungle.

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The Guardian

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David Grann's quest to find out what happened to the British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett began as a 2005 New Yorker article and last year was expanded into a compelling non-fiction book.

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BC Books

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Grann's seamless prose weaves past and present in a coherent tapestry, intertwining Fawcett's story with his own as he develops his own fascination with the legendary City of Z Fawcett and so many others lost their lives pursuing.

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

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Percy Harrison Fawcett, the affection-starved son of an independently wealthy Devon cricketer, joined the British army, got "slightly gassed" during World War I, surveyed Bolivia, went quietly mad, devoted his middle years to searching for the Lost Cities of the Brazilian rainforest and, while do...

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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

What killed Percy Fawcett and his son Jack as they drove ever deeper into the unexplored regions of the Amazon jungle?

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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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the man survived but was furious.) Perhaps it’s because Fawcett would never have suffered a milquetoast like Grann to join his party that Grann felt the need to strap on his own ill-fitting hiking boots and tear off into the same country, still nearly untouched by civilization, where the colonel...

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Entertainment Weekly

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 personalities.

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The Washington Post

Anyone who has read Fawcett's chronicles -- the most notable of which is the highly colorful "Exploration Fawcett" -- will recognize the perils, real and exaggerated, that Grann recounts for us here.

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The Telegraph

In this marvellous book, David Grann – a staff writer on The New Yorker – recreates Fawcett’s story and describes how he became captivated by the Fawcett legend, following the documentary trail and emptying the shelves of his local adventure sports store to work out what really happened.

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Christian Science Monitor

“Fawcett Expedition: To Penetrate Land Whence None Returned.” The year was 1925 and the press was rabid with anticipation: Someone was setting off to conquer the Amazon.

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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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