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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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Feb 10, 2010

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This is the truly fascinating tale of Percy Harrison Fawcett and his attempts to locate a lost city in the Amazonian jungle that he referred to as "Z". Fawcett was a British archaeologist and explorer. He had served in the Royal Artillery and in the British Secret Service. He undertook a series of expeditions between 1906 and 1925. A short while after the beginning of his final expedition to locate Z he and his party disappeared. Many remained hopeful for months, but as the months turned into years all but his wife concluded that he had been killed by hostile Indians. Myriad rescue expeditions went out, and most never returned.

Fawcett's story is told in alternating segments with the story of the author's exploration about Fawcett and his eventual trip to the Amazonian jungle in search of Fawcett's fate. Well written, with copious notes and a nice bibliography.
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