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Lost City of Z by David Grann

Reviewed by Technical Service Assistant Jade Crabtree

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In 1925 famed explorer Percy Fawcett entered the Amazon in search of an ancient city that he called Z. El Dorado, the famed city of gold, has been hunted for centuries and thousands of people have perished in the jungle following the elusive glitter of gold. Fawcett’s journey captivated the world and inspired Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. His and his companions’ fates have been a tantalizing mystery in the decades following his disappearance. Did Fawcett find Z? Is Z really El Dorado? Did either city really exist? These are the questions that plagued countless people who tried to follow the scant clues and retrace Fawcett’s path. David Grann made his own trip in Fawcett’s footsteps and what he discovers answers some questions but raises even more.

The Lost City of Z was optioned for film and is currently in post-production with scheduled release date in 2016. It will feature Charlie Hunnam (of Sons of Anarchy) as Percy Fawcett, Sienna Miller as his wife and Robert Pattinson Henry Costin.

Available at TCPL: Book | Overdrive Audiobook

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