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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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Apr 03, 09

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Explorer Percy Fawcett's early-1900s contributions to the mapping of South America were death-defying and crucial. His fascination with the possible existence of a lost city of riches deep in the jungle drove him to obsessive exploration of the Amazon. After his disappearance in the 1920s, mumerous family members and other adventurers over the next 80 years went in search of the truth of his fate. Reporter David Grann's interest in Fawcett's story and his belief that the explorer might have been right about a lost city led him on his own mission to determine once and for all what happened. Through journals, letters and articles by Fawcett, his family and fellow explorers, Gann seemlessly recounts Fawcett's jungle forays. His research, interviews and a trip into the Amazon help him draw an educated conclusion to this longtime mystery. The book started out a bit slow, but the jaw-dropping details about the horrible foes (human, animal and insect) that Fawcett encountered and the history of the peoples of the Amazon made this a fascinating true story.
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