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The lost city of Z : a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon
Grann, David.
Adult Nonfiction F2546 .G747 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In 1925, renowned British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett embarked on a much publicized search to find the city of Z, site of an ancient Amazonian civilization that may or may not have existed. Fawcett, along with his grown son Jack, never returned, but that didn't stop countless others, including actors, college professors and well-funded explorers from venturing into the jungle to find Fawcett or the city. Among the wannabe explorers is Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker, who has bad eyes and a worse sense of direction. He became interested in Fawcett while researching another story, eventually venturing into the Amazon to satisfy his all-consuming curiosity about the explorer and his fatal mission. Largely about Fawcett, the book examines the stranglehold of passion as Grann's vigorous research mirrors Fawcett's obsession with uncovering the mysteries of the jungle. By interweaving the great story of Fawcett with his own investigative escapades in South America and Britain, Grann provides an in-depth, captivating character study that has the relentless energy of a classic adventure tale. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Since British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett and his party were lost in the Amazon in their 1925 quest to find an ancient civilization known as El Dorado, many have attempted to retrace his route, including Grann, a staff writer at The New Yorker. Here, Grann chronicles Fawcett's life and career, some of the explorers and would-be explorers who followed in his wake, and Grann's own rabid interest and inevitable pursuit. Despite actor/narrator Mark Deakin's (Beautiful Children) somewhat torpid performance, this captivating and gripping title warrants purchase. With the story already optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, expect demand. [Embeddable audio clip available through library.booksontape.com; the Doubleday hc, a New York Times best seller, was described as "a compelling and entertaining read," LJ 11/1/08.-Ed.]-Risa Getman, -Hendrick Hudson Free Lib., Montrose, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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