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

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

Author: David Grann
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Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, the inspiration behind Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World, 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.

Awards

Shortlisted for BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2009.

Author description

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.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781847394439
  • : Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • : Pocket Books
  • : June 2010
  • : 198mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : en
  • : en
  • : 918.11046
  • : 918.11046
  • : David Grann
  • : 352
  • : 352
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : Illustrations, ports.
  • : Illustrations, ports.