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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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bookshelves: 2012-reads, nonfiction, latin-america
Read from May 17 to 24, 2012

Definitely a good book and an interesting read. I most enjoyed the last chapter--about what archaeologists/anthropologists are discovering in the Amazon now (and which matches early Spanish accounts). (Yes, I have read 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, and loved it.)

I was most disappointed that there wasn't more explaining, basically, what a total mess the Spanish made of things, and the incredible arrogance of the explorers. These weren't really blank spots on the map--they were perfectly well known to the people living there.

But, anyway. Fawcett. What a nutcase. Leaves his wife and kids for years on end, trespassing on others' territories, risking his life and his colleagues', and then his son and friend's.
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