This chapter begins, "How easily the Amazon can deceive" (2.1). Really? We've always had such good customer service from them.
Grann describes the path of the Amazon River, from "a trickle of crystal water" (2.2) to a river that "expels fifty-seven million gallons of water every second" (2.4) into the Atlantic. That's almost as much water as Amy Poehler uses in Beverly Hills.
We're told that in 1996, an explorer named James Lynch entered the Amazon searching for signs of Percy Fawcett, who had disappeared many decades earlier.
Like Fawcett before him, Lynch also brought his son on the expedition.
Also like Fawcett, Lynch, too, disappears, although not for nearly as long.
During their expedition, Lynch and his party are taken prisoner by a group of local natives.
The natives take Lynch and his son into the jungle, which is, Lynch thinks, "the most beautiful place he had ever seen" (2.35).
If you're going to be taken prisoner in a hostile land, at least hope it's a pretty one.