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One River: Science, Adventure and Hallucinogenics in the Amazon Basin Paperback – 2 Feb 1998

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (2 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684817640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684817644
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,134,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Davis writes magnificently... A great lyrical book, as richly varied as the rain forests it describes" (New York Times Book Review)

"An exceptional tale of 20th-century scientific exploration and a rousing travelogue to places both real and illusory" (Kirkus Reviews)

"Extraordinary...a biographical tapestry rich in history, adventure, intrigue and scholarship" (Nature)

"A wild ride through one rapid after another…magnificent" (Boston Globe)

"Brilliantly written..this is essential reading for anyone interested in [the Amazon] area" (Good Book Guide) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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From the author of INTO THE SILENCE, the winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2012, comes an epic tale of adventure in the Amazon rainforest. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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WHEN I FIRST lived in Columbia, I used to stay from time to time on a farm just outside the city of Medellin. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tristan.wilson@wanadoo.fr on 24 May 2000
Format: Paperback
Absolutely fascinating story of the Amazon this/last century. A fantastic chapter on the rubber boom and its side affects on the Amazon peoples. Also contains a chapter on the Waorani which the book is worth buying for alone as I learnt more on the Wao's from this chapter than I did from one whole book on the waorani by another author. This book does not contain one tedious moment between its two covers.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
"One River" is one of the most fascinating and readable books about South America that I have ever come across. Although Wade Davis obviously intends his work to be a tribute to his mentor, Schultes, and his friend Tim Plowman, the book is much more than a mere botanical biography. Davis writes with great enthusiasm and combines subjects that continually entertain and inform the reader. The book is filled with true tales of adventures on the Amazon, encounters with jungle tribes, fanatical hunts for rare plants, and wild journeys through the remote Andes. Exploration, excitement and ethnobotany are skilfully blended with a well-researched history of South America. The reader is presented with a great deal of thought-provoking material about the past, present and future of this contradictory continent. HIGHLY recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
Without doubt one of the most wonderful books I've ever read.
Exceptionally researched, really clever intertwining of the the personal experience, history and biography of the mentor.
A great writer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2000
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excellent read which inspires fear now that the gringos are talking of aerial spraying of the colombian rain forests. worth reading for the description of the value of the most biodiverse part of the planet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
I too found this book amazing. I read it whilst working as a jungle guide in Peru and it was such a good companion. It was funny and interesting and sad and some of the history it described was shocking. Awesome.
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By Patrick Hannay on 21 Sept. 2014
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Having read Wade Davis' wonderful "Into the Silence" I bought "One River" thinking it was his next book. In fact the latter was first published in 1996 and, presumably, re-released in the UK on the back of the former's great success. It was interesting too that there appeared to be little literary review of "One River".

It certainly was a leap of faith as South America is not an area of interest to me (it should be) nor the psychoactive properties of plants (perhaps it should be) and this combined with anthropology of the Amazon tribes caused me to abandon the book half way - I tried to persevere but was conscious all the time of "ploughing" and page counting (how long to the end?). I was not pulled into the narrative nor was my interest piqued in any way.

Some will like this book. I can see the appeal but I suggest they have to enjoy and have an interest in the topics detailed above. "One River" does not frankly soar to the literary heights of "Into the Silence"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on 3 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Anyone still doubting the superiority of fact over fiction need only take this book to a quiet corner and start reading. Wade Davis relates the stories of two Richards, Schultes and Spruce, plus his own in their respective excursions in the upper Amazon. Schultes, Davis' Harvard mentor, spent many years there seeking medicinal plants and new sources of rubber when access to Asian resins were lost during World War II. No work of fiction, including Hollywood's almost trifling account in the film "Medicine Man", can match the scope of what Schultes accomplished during his extensive travels. Schultes had the good sense to approach the Native American shamans with respect, dealing with them on their terms and not as a latter-day conquistador. They responded to his inquiries in kind, leading to countless new medicines for treating our "civilized" illnesses. He became a "depswa" - medicine man - sharing their rituals while gaining knowledge. Davis is able to use his close relationship with Schultes to provide an engrossing and detailed account of Schultes' career in the bush.
The second Richard is Schultes' own model. Richard Spruce came to the Upper Amazon from mid-Victorian England. Prompted by an inestimable source, Charles Darwin's account of the Beagle voyage, Spruce entered the Amazon country in 1849. Few of the celebrated explorers in Africa in the same period can match the perils Spruce faced and dealt with. As did his follower Schultes, Spruce avoided the overbearing colonialist image - his desires were achieved by finding new medicinal plants. Spruce dealt with the dispensers of drugs and their tales of visions incurred as an equal. In their turn they imparted valuable information leading to useful medicines.
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