The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon


Author: David Grann (Read by: Mark Deakins)

Title: The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication date: 2009

Number of Discs: 8

Number of pages: 448

Geographical setting: New York City, England, South America

Time period: Late 1800’s-Early 1900’s, Early 2000’s

Series: No

Plot summary: Percy Harrison Fawcett wrestled anacondas, fostered relationships with natives and mapped uncharted territories in South America in a time where sea monsters were completely plausible. The stories of his travels followed him everywhere and his trip to find the lost city of “Z” seemed destined to only add to his grandeur. Sadly it turned his tale from heroic to mysterious as Fawcett, his song and his son’s best friend were never heard from again.

Decade’s later journalist David Grann stumbled across this story and decided to find out what happened to the explorer who many claimed could never be killed. This is no average research book however as Grann decides to get out of the library stacks and into the Amazon to do what so many actual explorers had died trying – uncover Fawcett’s fate and find the Lost City of Z. Relaying Grann’s story, Mark Deakins gives the listener the experience of a wonderful History Channel documentary, engaging, calm and authoritative he draws you in till the very end.

Subject headings: Early Exploration, Coming of Age, South America, Journalism, Royal Geographical Society of London, Expeditions, Historical

Appeal: self deprecating, informative, engaging, authoritative, steady, detailed, well-developed, descriptive, deliberate, layered, inspiring, passionate, character centered, detailed setting, multiple plot lines, multiple points of view

3 terms that best describe this book: solid, thorough, compelling

Similar works:


Lost Trails, Lost Cities by Percy Harrison Fawcett:  Fawcett’s experiences from his explorations, edited by his son Brian. (Exploration stories, historical accounts, first person)

The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest by Andrew Revkin: A modern day look at what Fawcett fought for – protection of the environment and peoples of the Amazon. (Amazon, true story, dramatic)

They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Modern Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club by The Explorers Club & Jan Jarboe Russell: Fantastic accounts of journeys to the ocean floor all the way to outer space. (Spectacular, engaging, true stories)


The Land Beyond Time: Adventure in the Amazon by Alexander Molnar Jr.: Stranded in the Amazon, survivors of a plane crash must battle each other, tribes and the jungle. (Amazon, exciting, fast paced)

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons by John Wesley Powell: A classic in American exploration writing. (Exploration, fast paced, historical fiction)

Explorers of the New Century by Magnus Mills: Exploring the unknown with a mysterious twist. (Mystery, exploration, science fiction)

Name: Michael Ann

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