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.