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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook TP; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590204301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590204306
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] tale of great adventure…a stirring and sensitive record, well written by a true explorer. --New York Times

[A] book of great power. . .should be read by everyone. --Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

COLONEL PERCY HARRISON FAWCETT was born in 1867 in Devon, England. At the age of nineteen he was given a commission in the Royal Artillery. Later he performed secret service work in North Africa. He found himself bored with Army life and learned the art of surveying, hoping to land a more interesting job. Then in 1906 came the offer from the Society, his ticket to adventure. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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This book tells the truth and tells it well.
Joseph Barba
Fawcett's last expedition to find the fabled Lost City of Z. The book opens with several stories that kindle the flames of those readers with an adventurous spirit.
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Great book about one of the greatest explorers ever and his adventures.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By OtherWorlds&Wisdom on December 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I first read of Fawcett in Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America and continued the study with The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. The latter book is where you should start and learn about Fawcett's explorations and adventures in South America. But this book, written by Fawcett and published by his son after Fawcett disappeared, gives a window into a lost era. The early 1900s found South America in a wild west time of danger, upheaveal, dictators, savage natives and everything else that could inspire hundreds of movies. Then Fawcett became intrigued with legends of lost cities and disappeared looking for one. One of the most famous disappearances of the 20th Century, many rumors came out of the jungle, but never his remains. A must for students of the long-gone age of exploration. See also the books mentioned and Mysteries of Ancient South America and Secret Cities of Old South America.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Barba on September 11, 2010
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Colonel Fawcett experienced more adventures in his life than most of us could endure. In his highly detailed account he takes us with him into the Amazon jungle where giant anacondas, deadly insects, Indians shooting poisoned arrows, horrible diseases, and countless other dangers become a part of his daily life. What is more, Colonel Fawcett uses clear sentences, abundant knowledge, and on-site photographs which he developed himself to make his detailed account come alive. This was a remarkable man who never returned from his last expedition. This book tells the truth and tells it well. Buy it. You will read it, treasure it in your library, and end up buying copies for your friends.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on November 11, 2010
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I first read this book as a young teen and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately my book disappeared and I have been searching for it for the past 30 years or more. Having discovered it on Amazon I have now re-read it and was just as excited, amazed, inspired and enthralled as I was as a young reader. It is a terrific account of Fawcett's Sth American explorations - and now made even more enjoyable by the fact that many of the places he visited are now ones I have travelled to as well. Loved it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on June 1, 2011
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Presented by his son, Brian Fawcett, this text sets forth to give us the adventures of Percy Fawcett in South America. Colonel Percy Fawcett, a former ammunitions officer for the British army, took up learning the fundamentals and skills of surveying in order to swing a position in South America. Following the end of his military career, Fawcett continued his work in the Amazon. The majority of this book deals with Fawcett's occupation as a surveyor to set forth regional/national borders in the dense jungles of the Amazon. Assembled from his personal diaries, notebooks, and letters, Fawcett gives an in depth look into working in this environment and the trials and tribulations he endured. Many people will seek this book out based on the interest in his search for "the Lost City of Z", however, there is virtually no references to lost civilizations in this text until the last quarter of the book and even then, it does not get overly mentioned. It is more like Fawcett picks up rumors about lost cities and formulates a theory on such places. Not once in this book did I feel that Fawcett was obsessed or desperately sought out Z, he barely mentions it in this compilation. It seems that the whole Lost City of Z angle is included to help sell the book. None-the-less, I fell in love with this book and the adventures that Fawcett encounters as he works his way through the Amazon, we get insight into a dark corner of the world by someone that seemed to care about the land. Absolutely worth having for such insight but don't expect an Indiana Jones log about searching for Z.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Boulevard on March 25, 2013
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Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett disappeared in the jungles of South America back in 1925. A seasoned adventurer, Fawcett made numerous trips deep into the Amazon and surrounding areas from 1906 right up until his mysterious disappearance. He mapped much of the region and explored it fervently, helping to survey and note corners of the map that had previously been left blank. His passion for adventure, his fair and kind treatment of the local natives, and his unmatched strength and endurance make it all the more puzzling how he could have vanished without a trace during an expedition to find Z, a lost city he believed to exist in the jungles of Brazil. To this day his remains have never been recovered and various reports and rumors continue to circulate about how he (along with his son Jack and Jack's friend) ended up and what really happened.

Author David Grann explored this history in The Lost City of Z a few years ago and it's a great companion piece to Exploration Fawcett, an autobiographical account of Fawcett's adventures compiled from his journals, manuscripts, letters, and notes by his other son, Brian. It's a thrilling, interesting, humorous, and ultimately haunting account of his adventures from 1906 right up until his disappearance. Hearing the man's story and tales in his own words is fascinating and will no doubt entertain history buffs and adventure lovers like myself. This guy was the real deal and endured hardships and trials that most of us can only dream of.

Perhaps what I enjoyed most about this book is that, despite Fawcett being a hero of mine, he was also a real person who made mistakes, had quite an ego, could be a real taskmaster at times, and held some views and beliefs that I simply didn't see any sense or value in.
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