The Lost City of Z Sixteenth-century Spaniards called it El Dorado. Percy Fawcett, a former British army colonel who became one of the most renowned explorers of the early 20th… The Lost City of Z Sixteenth-century Spaniards called it El Dorado. Percy Fawcett, a former British army colonel who became one of the most renowned explorers of the early 20th… 2009-02-24 History Nonfiction Doubleday
Book Review

The Lost City of Z (2009)

The Lost City of Z | The Lost City of Z by David Grann
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 24, 2009; Writer: David Grann; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Doubleday

Sixteenth-century Spaniards called it El Dorado. Percy Fawcett, a former British army colonel who became one of the 
 most renowned explorers of the early 20th century, dubbed it Z. 
The idea of an ancient civilization hidden in the Amazon has lured generations 
of outsiders into the unforgiving jungles of South America — home to piranhas, deadly snakes, disease-carrying insects, and often hostile natives. Fawcett, a robust self-made man with an almost unnatural athleticism and resistance 
to disease, disappeared on an expedition in 1925. New Yorker writer David Grann 
fares better in The Lost City of Z, bringing back a fascinating yarn that touches on science, history, and some truly obsessive personalities. A–

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Originally posted Feb 18, 2009 Published in issue #1036 Feb 27, 2009 Order article reprints