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

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by David Grann
     
 

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.

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385513531
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 3

1 We Shall Return 7

2 The Vanishing 17

3 The Search Begins 27

4 Buried Treasure 33

5 Blank Spots on the Map 48

6 The Disciple 58

7 Freeze-Dried Ice Cream, and Adrenaline Socks 66

8 Into the Amazon 71

9 The Secret Papers 89

10 The Green Hell 94

11 Dead Horse Camp 100

12 In the Hands of the Gods 102

13 Ransom 125

14 The Case for Z 129

15 El Dorado 148

16 The Locked Box 156

17 The Whole World Is Mad 160

18 A Scientific Obsession 183

19 An Unexpected Clue 193

20 Have No Fear 197

21 The Last Eyewitness 215

22 Dead or Alive 225

23 The Colonel's Bones 244

24 The Other World 256

25 Z 261

Acknowledgments 279

A Note on the Sources 283

Notes 285

Selected Bibliography 315

Index 327

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