The Lost City of Z by David Grann

The Lost City of Z

By David Grann

  • Release Date: 2009-08-10
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
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‘A riveting, exciting and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure’JOHN GRISHAM

The story of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, the inspiration behind Conan Doyle's The Lost World

Fawcett was among the last of a legendary breed of British explorers. For years he explored the Amazon and came to believe that its jungle concealed a large, complex civilization, like El Dorado. Obsessed with its discovery, he christened it the City of Z. In 1925, Fawcett headed into the wilderness with his son Jack, vowing to make history. They vanished without a trace.

For the next eighty years, hordes of explorers plunged into the jungle, trying to find evidence of Fawcett's party or Z. Some died from disease and starvation; others simply disappeared. In this spellbinding true tale of lethal obsession, David Grann retraces the footsteps of Fawcett and his followers as he unravels one of the greatest mysteries of exploration.

‘A wonderful story of a lost age of heroic exploration’ Sunday Times

‘Marvellous ... An engrossing book whose protagonist could out-think Indiana Jones’ Daily Telegraph

The best story in the world, told perfectly’ Evening Standard

‘A fascinating and brilliant book’ Malcolm Gladwell


  • What a surprise!

    By Pat the Potter
    Maybe I didn't read the description well enough because I was caught by the title which sounded like an Indiana Jones adventure. In fact it is a meticulously researched historical account of the history of the Amazonian people with 3D drawn characterisations dating from present day to ten thousand years ago. A fascinating and totally engrossing read, full of poisoned arrows, mosquitos and SatNavs. It's true, fact is far more exciting than fiction!
  • Great Read.

    By Carribbean Climax
    Was recommended to read this by a friend. Loved it. The author goes into a lot of detail. To this day, despite theories, no one really knows what happened to Fawcett. Maybe one day we'll know.