The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

Vintage. 2010. 448p. ISBN 9781400078455. pap. $16.95.
To fully follow his story, Mitchell Zuckoff (Frozen in Time) helped fund the expedition to search for the Duck and traveled with the team to Greenland. David Grann decided to go to the jungles of the Amazon. A writer for the New Yorker, Gann, like so many before him became fascinated with the story of famed British explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett and his quest to discover the City of Z, a fabled Amazonian site thought to be El Dorado. Fawcett disappeared into the jungle in 1925 and was never seen again. Grann decided to follow in Fawcett's footsteps and set out for the jungles himself. His story details his own journey, what he learned of Fawcett's, and the stories of others who sought to discover the City of Z and claim its fame. Just as Zuckoff describes the cold and dedication of the airmen and Coast Guard, Grann details the heat, bugs, and landscape of the jungle, and the obsessions of explorers, and provides readers with an involving high-stakes adventure quest that is both vastly entertaining and richly characterized.
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