Reads For The Road: The Lost City of Z by David Grann

by Lindsay Shapka in , , ,

Everyone loves a swashbuckling, edge-of-your-seat adventure tale, but a true one? Even better! 

One of the greatest exploration mysteries of our time, finding The Lost City of Z has claimed the lives and minds of scientists and adventurers from all over the world. The ancient city — with complex networks of roads, bridges, temples, and treasures — is believed to be hidden deep within the dark, unmapped depths of the Amazon. 

In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett decided to go in search of Z.

He never returned.

I had lost my guide. I was out of food and water. Putting the map back in my pocket, I pressed forward, trying to find my way out, as the branches snapped in my face. Then I saw something moving in the trees. “Who’s there?” I called. There was no reply. A figure fluttered among the branches, and then another. They were coming closer, and for the first time I asked myself, What the hell am I doing here?
— "The Lost City of Z", page 5

In this fascinating biography/detective story/travel tale, journalist David Grann takes readers on the same journey that Fawcett took, following his footsteps into the heart of the Amazon and the history of obsession, discovery, and mystery.

And trust me, the book is better than the recently released film of the same name.