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Exploration Fawcett: Journey to the Lost City of Z [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

P. H. Fawcett , Robin Sachs
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Jun 2010
The disappearance of Colonel Fawcett in the Matto Grosso remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of today. In 1925 Fawcett was convinced that he had discovered the location of a lost city; he had set out with two companions, one of whom was his eldest son, to destination 'Z', never to be heard of again. His younger son, Brian Fawcett, has compiled this book from letters and records left by his father whose last written words to his wife were: 'You need have no fear of any failure...' This thrilling and mysterious account of Fawcett's ten years of travels in deadly jungles and forests in search of a secret city was compiled from manuscripts, letters and logbooks by his son.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441763791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441763792
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,763,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lost city called 'Z'; lethal jungles; death-filled rivers: The last trip of a legendary explorer who was the inspiration for Indianna Jones. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. He served in Ceylon for several years where he met and married his wife. Later he performed secret service work in North Africa. Fawcett 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 Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploration Fawcett 30 Jan 2010
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I have been a voracious reader of true life adventure stories and this book is certainly amongst my favourites.Compiled by percy fawcett's son Brian from the late explorer's journals and beautifully illustrated,they reveal a dogged individual in a harsh environment, making fascinating discoveries as he pushes he and his comrades to the limits of endurance.They battle snakes,wild bulls and viscious insects of all varieties in a quest to find the lost city of Z.Amongst the most interesting anecdotes of the book,is the observation made of birds making holes in concrete like banks of stone, by utilising the leaves of some unknown plant.Could this lost knowledge be how the Aztecs were able to fashion those smooth interlocking building blocks they are renowned for?
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Although a few books have been written about the Colonel Percy Fawcett and his disappearance, it is this book that perhaps is the most essential to read as it made written in the Colonels own words so to speak.
Exploration Fawcett is edited by his son Brian Fawcett from the Colonel's own journal and letters.
Originally published as Lost Trails, Lost Cities.
The book certainly gives a good insight into the Colonel's life.
What's more it portrays the hardships and dangers he faced on his many expeditions into the jungle before his final fateful foray. Death seemed to attack from all directions, and though many of those who entered the Amazon jungle, suffered, he seemed miraculously immune to the disease and bug bites that affected others.

In 1925 Fawcett enters the jungle for the last time - did he find his Lost City he had called Z? Perhaps we will never know.
Perhaps if had had returned from the jungle without finding it, today he would be nothing more than a footnote in history. With his disappearance his story lives on.

If you want to read about Colonel Fawcett, this is the book you need.
Happy Exploration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Oct 2014
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very good--always again-- super
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Window into a Bygone Era in a Lost World 28 Dec 2010
By OtherWorlds&Wisdom - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Harrison Faecett's Masterpiece of Adventure 11 Sep 2010
By Joseph Barba - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXPLORATION FAWCETT REVIEW 11 Nov 2010
By Jennie - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars South American exploration 1 Jun 2011
By R. Howell - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An In-Depth Look Into the Life of a Legend 25 Mar 2013
By Lunar Boulevard - Published on Amazon.com
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. He was human and that's what makes his tale so interesting. Obviously his notes are not heavy on self-examination or admittance of mistakes but he seemed to have a genuine heart for adventure and for people, at times even abandoning or canceling an entire expedition to ensure that someone in his party got medical treatment or the supplies they needed. His dedication and love for his wife and family (neither of which he saw much of during those busy years) was impressive and their support for him was equally fascinating to read about. His wife in particular was one of his biggest champions and encouragers.

Fawcett's writing style is very descriptive without bordering on overkill and it flows effortlessly from one adventure to the next. There's also a surprising amount of humor here. Fawcett met and traveled with some interesting characters throughout his life and some of the things he witnessed will undoubtably bring a smile to your face or make you cringe, sometimes both in the same sentence. He could be a stubborn and hard man at times, yet he also appeared to have a good sense of humor and optimism. Those traits pepper his writing with a vitality and ease that draws you in and makes you want to stay. Every chapter is unique and it would take paragraph upon paragraph to describe all of the freaky, amazing, and downright bizarre things he experienced. They include attacks from local tribes, extreme storms and temperatures, starvation, giants spiders and bugs of every kind, violent outposts, and even some paranormal and other-worldly encounters that you'll have to decide on for yourself. You have to read it to fully appreciate it all.

One criticism I do have is that Fawcett's writings end in a pretty boring fashion. The last few chapters are dedicated to his fascination with the supposed existence of Z and he goes into a long history about the origins of the people there and how the race may have come to exist and survive. It's tedious to read through and totally anticlimactic after all of the great stories that come before it. Fortunately Brian writes a couple chapters in the epilogue that detail the search for his father and all of the different theories floating around about his death. They're tinged with both sadness and reflection and thankfully bring the book to a dramatic closing that leaves the reader feeling more satisfied than the history chapters.

Exploration Fawecett still remains one of the greatest autobiographies of its kind and firmly held my interest the entire time. We may never know what really happened to him and his party but the writings and legacy he left behind will last for a lifetime. I can't recommend it enough.
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