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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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British explorer Percy Fawcett is largely forgotten today, but back in the mid 1920's he was an famous explorer in South America, navigating the Amazon basin in search of his own El Dorado, an unknown civilization he called Z. This book recounts his career as an explorer making several trips to this area, culminating in the disappearance of Fawcett, his son and family friend during an expedition. No trace of Fawcett was ever found despite several attempts to unravel the mystery. Grann mixes two narratives in his book, recounting Fawcett's career as a military man and then explorer, mixing the professional with the personal accounts of relatives and friends. He also describes his own research and growing obsession in the Fawcett case, which leads him around the world and eventually to walk in Fawcett's footsteps in the Amazonian jungle. This was an interesting story - you can see how the true story of Fawcett must have been an inspiration to the pulp and comic stories and films like the Indiana Jones series.
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