johnrona, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by johnrona)
Just finished this book after also reading "River of Doubt". They complement themselves wonderfully. "Z" is a great read which is filled with wonderful historical tie-in's to such surprising connections as Aurthur Conan Doyle. The climax of the story is truly magnificent. A great read that will stay in your mind for a long time.
rosegrrl, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by rosegrrl)
I rarely read non-fiction because I'm looking for escapism in my books. This book though was THE best thing I read in 2010 - paced like a novel, it kept my attention and the pages turning. I could barely put it down. Even the ending doesn't disappoint!
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (Vintage Departures)
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by Michal D.,
Grann's riveting book, The Lost City of Z, delves into the intrepid life and mysterious disappearance of legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett. Armchair travelers will be whisked away to the Amazon on a wild ride with a surprising finish.
by Michal D.
A true-life, amazing Amazon adventure-mystery. David Grann, mild-mannered reporter, treks into the Amazon to retrace the path of the legendary (and seemingly super-human) British explorer Percy Fawcett. Skillfully researched and written, The Lost City of Z is an fascinating read.
by Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein,
"A wonderfully researched true story about an intrepid adventurer, a colorful cast, and an obsession that grips both him and the author."
by Charles Mann, author of 1491,
"Few things are better than experiencing a horrendous adventure from the comfort of your own armchair. Hordes of mosquitoes, poison-arrow attacks, bizarre and fatal diseases, spies in starched collars, hidden outposts of Atlantis — what's not to like? The Lost City of Z is like a wonderful nineteenth-century tale of exotic danger — except that David Grann's book is also a sensitively written biographical detective story, a vest-pocket history of exploration, and a guide to the new archaeological research that is exploding our preconceptions of the Amazon and its peoples."
by Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals,
"With this riveting work, David Grann emerges on our national landscape as a major new talent. His superb writing style, his skills as a reporter, his masterful use of historical and scientific documents, and his stunning storytelling ability are on full display here, producing an endlessly absorbing tale about a magical subject that captivates from start to finish. This is a terrific book."
by The New York Times,
"Suspenseful....Rollicking....Reads with all the pace and excitement of a movie thriller."
A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Denver Post Bestseller
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.
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