Indiana Jones and the Lost Explorer . . . or “The Lost City of Z” by David Grann

Lost City of Z

In 1925, renowned explorer Percy Fawcett launched his final expedition that was recorded and watched by the world, as he journeyed into the deepest jungles of the Amazon in search of a hidden civilization that has been thought to exist and has been searched for for centuries.  The messages continued coming to the outside world of the incredible things he saw and the unique people he met.  Then the messages suddenly stopped and Percy Fawcett was never heard from again; all members of the expedition were silenced, even Percy’s son, who was with them.

The Lost City of Z is the incredible story of Percy Fawcett’s life in becoming the last great explorer to search one of the world’s last, relatively unexplored regions.  It is also the story of the history of “El Dorado” and this lost civilization in Brazil that has been searched for for so long, for centuries, since the days of Columbus.  It is also the story of the human driving streak to search and discover and learn and to always be pushing further and harder, and never giving up.  Finally, it is the story of a talented author, David Grann, a writer for the New Yorker, who with this book traveled around the world, and even began his own small expedition to retrace Fawcett’s steps and finally get to the bottom of whether there is a hidden civilization within the jungles of Brazil.  While I won’t give it away, I will say that Grann certainly finds something in the Amazon.

And you’ll have to read my eventual review to find out more about the incredible book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (the book comes out in paperback on January 26th).  I am also currently working on securing an interview with the author in the near future, as I would love to hear some of his thoughts and ideas in traveling into the Amazon.

Watch this blog for updates.