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The Lost City of Z

A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

by David Grann

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    Feb 2009, 352 pages
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    Jan 2010, 416 pages

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If Fawcett's adventures in the Amazon pique your interest, you can hack into the jungle of research on him and Z with the following as guides…

...from the serious….

Charles Mann, author of 1491, theorizes on what a pre-Colombian civilization in the Amazon might have been like in the Atlantic Monthly.

David Grann speaks to interviewers at the New Yorker and the Daily Beast. His original article about Fawcett was published in the New Yorker (you may need to register to view it.)

Michael Heckenberger from the University of Florida,  is excavating ancient ruins that indicate Fawcett was at least partially right in his quest for a lost city.  His website links to articles at NPR and National Geographic.

…to the frivolous…

Fawcett was lured into the jungle by an erotic spirit guide, so says The Guardian.

Colonel Fawcett is still alive! He's 141 and has discovered not only the secret to eternal life, but also the advanced city of Ibez, inhabited by extra-terrestrials and intra-terrestrials (beings from the hollow core of the earth). A crack team of explorers is suited up and ready to go in search of Ibez, just as soon as you sign up to become a sponsor


Coming soon to movie theaters? According to IMDB, The Lost City of Z, starring Brad Pitt as Col. Percy Fawcett, is currently in production.

This article was originally published in March 2009, and has been updated for the January 2010 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.

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