Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

  • December 11, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Our next book club selection is a non-fiction novel - The Lost City of Z by David Grann. Due to holidays, this month's book club will be a little earlier in the month.

"After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century:" What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization--which he dubbed “Z”--existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

Fawcett’s fate--and the tantalizing clues he left behind about “Z”--became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party and the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad."

There are eight physical copies of the book and a couple of ebook versions available at the Long Beach Libraries. The Orange County Libraries, which includes the Mary Wilson Library on 2nd Street, has one electronic version and over 20 physical versions. The paperback is going for $11.53 on Amazon, and the Kindle version is available for $11.99.

We look forward to discussing what you thought of the book!

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