Who Was Percy Fawcett? His Upbringing and Early Expeditions

An explorer in the Amazon Rainforest in the early 1900s.

Who was Percy Fawcett? What experiences led him to become an explorer? What did he discover about indigenous tribes? Percy Fawcett, born in 1867, was a famous British geographer, explorer, cartographer, and archaeologist. He’s most famous for his expeditions to South America in search of a theorized lost civilization—and for disappearing mysteriously on one said expedition. Keep reading to learn about Fawcett’s upbringing and early expeditions, from the book The Lost City of Z by David Grann.

What Happened to Percy Fawcett? A Look at His Disappearance

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What happened to Percy Fawcett, his son, and Raleigh Rimell? Did anything come out of the rescue missions? Percy Fawcett was a British explorer known for his explorations into the Amazon rainforest to discover the “City of Z.” On one of those expeditions, Fawcett, along with his son and his friend, went missing. Here’s a closer look at Fawcett’s disappearance and the aftermath, as told in the book The City of Z by David Grann.

Who Is David Grann & Why Did He Obsess Over Fawcett?

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Who is David Grann? To what extent did Grann become obsessed with Percy Fawcett’s disappearance? David Grann is an American journalist and the author of the book The Lost City of Z. While he was doing research about the lost explorer, Percy Fawcett, Grann became obsessed with Fawcett’s story and followed in his footsteps. Continue learning to learn just how far Grann went to write his book.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann—Book Overview

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Who was explorer Percy Fawcett? Why did he believe the “City of Z” existed? How did he disappear? The Lost City of Z by David Grann recounts the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett. Fawcett’s disappearance still captivates audiences today and has led to the creation of many theories. Continue reading for an overview of Percy Fawcett’s story, as told in The City of Z.

How to Recover From Trauma: Lessons From the Holocaust

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Are you trying to recover from trauma? What might you learn from a Holocaust victim? At the age of sixteen, Edith Eva Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Her transformation from a Holocaust survivor to a respected psychologist exemplifies the resilience and strength inherent in human nature, along with the profound impact of self-acceptance and conscious choices. Keep reading to learn how to recover from trauma with Eger’s lessons from the Holocaust.

Who Is Bobby Pappas? (The Greatest Beer Run Ever)

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Who’s Bobby Pappas? What was his condition when Chick Donohue found him in Vietnam? When John “Chick” Donohue made an epic beer run to Vietnam during the war, he planned to drop in on his pal Bobby Pappas. He wanted to bring him news and encouragement from home. But, first, Chick had to make sure Bobby was still alive. Keep reading for an overview of Bobby Pappas (The Greatest Beer Run Ever).

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me Book Overview

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How does Ta-Nehisi Coates describe his experience with racial identity in Between the World and Me? How does his book shed light on the experiences of Black Americans overall? In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates describes coming to terms with racial discrimination and violence early in life, then finding community and resilience among Black peers, especially at Howard University. He also describes his own parenting decisions in light of his experiences. Here’s more from Ta-Nehisi Coates in Between the World and Me.

Surviving the Holocaust: How to Deal With Survivor’s Guilt

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Do you feel guilty for surviving a traumatic experience? What might you learn about survivor’s guilt from a victim of the Holocaust? In her memoir, Dr. Edith Eva Eger delves into the arduous process of reconstructing her existence following the genocide of World War II. She highlights the obstacles that survivors encountered and the routes they took to achieve meaning and purpose. Continue reading to learn how to deal with survivor’s guilt by understanding what surviving the Holocaust means to Eger.

Edith Eger: Auschwitz on the Outside—Freedom on the Inside

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How did Edith Eger survive the Holocaust? How did she create a tolerable existence amid unthinkable horrors? According to Edith Eger, Auschwitz was a prison only for her body. Incredibly, she found ways to maintain psychological freedom while she faced cruelty, dehumanization, the loss of loved ones, and very little hope. Read more to discover how this remarkable woman persevered through one of history’s darkest chapters.