When British explorer Percy Fawcett’s exploration party vanished in the Amazon rainforest during the early 20th century, it was the start of an enduring mystery. Fawcett was searching for a fabled lost civilization said to have built a city in the heart of the jungle, a place he dubbed “The Lost City of Z”. Journalist David Grann investigates what drove explorers from the Royal Geographic Society in Britain to venture into the Amazon and visits the isolated villages of the Shengu, where the native peoples share their historical accounts of this time period with him. This is a fascinating, thoughtfully-written true story that will open your eyes to a part of the world that few outsiders get to experience up close.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)
Travel to the Amazon in this exciting tale! David Grann follows the trail of the legendary Percy Fawcett in his search for a lost city in the middle of the Amazon. Fawcett disappeared around 1925 and the city was never found - or was it? Grann alternates between his own quest to follow Fawcett and an account of Fawcett's life. This book reads like an adventure story!
Amy W. (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)
Grann tells the story of adventurer Percy Fawcett who like many before and after him went into the deepest reaches of the Amazon looking for the lost riches of El Dorado. Grann adds some contemporary context by noting subsequent archeological discoveries, other failed adventurers attempts, as well as the author's own trip to the area.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square)