Lost cities have fascinated mankind for centuries. Percy Fawcett, possibly the last of these explorers, went looking for one (called “Z”) in the endless Amazonian rainforest almost a century ago. And he never came out.
Now, New Yorker staff writer David Grann has gone after him and uncovered his story (a story worthy, it seems, of a new Brad Pitt film). There’s murder and poison darts and lots of intractable flora. An Indiana Jones-type tale, but perhaps less successful.
Mr. Grann is now telling his unbelievable story on the NPR circuit, his On Point interview now available to listen to here, and his Talk of the Nation interview airing today.