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Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey [Hardcover]

Ed Stafford
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9 Jun 2011

In April 2008, Ed Stafford began his attempt to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the River Amazon. Nearly two and a half years later, he had crossed the whole of South America to reach the mouth of the colossal river.

With danger a constant companion - outwitting alligators, jaguars, pit vipers and electric eels, not to mention overcoming the hurdles of injuries and relentless tropical storms - Ed's journey demanded extreme physical and mental strength. Often warned by natives that he would die, Ed even found himself pursued by machete-wielding tribesmen and detained for murder.

However, Ed's journey was an adventure with a purpose: to help raise people's awareness of environmental issues. Ed had unprecedented access to indigenous communities and witnessed the devastating effects of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest first-hand. His story of disappearing tribes and loss of habitats concerns us all.

Ultimately though, Amazon is an account of a world-first expedition that takes readers on the most daring journey along the world's greatest river and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905264569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905264568
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walking from the Pacific, over the Andes and along the entire length of the Amazon to the Atlantic is truly extraordinary. No one has ever done this before and the pundits considered the route impossible. If the distance wasn't challenge enough, the dense forest, biting insects, snakes, bogs, wilderness and uncertainty of what lay ahead would daunt the staunchest explorer.

To do all this in more than 800 continuous days with just a backpack puts Stafford's endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present.

" (Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE)

"Is this Britain's most intrepid explorer since Scott of the Antarctic?" (The Daily Mail)

"All generations need heroes; it's lovely to have a real one for a change." (Antonia Senior The Times)

"Ed Stafford is the real deal." (The Times)

"Totally, completely and utterly mad." (Michael Palin)

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'Walking from the Pacific, over the Andes and along the entire length of the Amazon to the Atlantic is truly extraordinary... To do all this puts Stafford's endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present' - SIR RANULPH FIENNES OBE

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest expedition of recent years 9 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is no exaggeration when I say that I do not know of a single expedition in the last five years that required more dedication, pig-headedness and refusal to quit than Ed's Amazon walk.

Ed's book sounds like he is in person (I have heard one of his brilliant lectures) - humble, down-to-earth, amusing.

In the age of ridiculous celebrity "expeditions" this is the real deal. Hardcore. Impressive. Well worth a read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 13 Sep 2011
By KH
Format:Hardcover
There is no doubt at all that the accomplishment of spending over two years walking the length of the Amazon deserves high praise indeed. The book is an excellent idea and I'm glad that Ed Stafford took the time to write it, as the story of his adventure is gripping, fascinating and massively inspirational - to would-be adventurers or otherwise. However, Stafford does not seem like a naturally gifted writer and there were few visual descriptions of his environment to please me as a reader (perhaps because I like lengthy descriptions of what people and places look like). The narrative is often 'he said, I said, we did' which read a little like a copy of a journal.
There were plenty of details of the logistics of such an extreme challenge which may be useful to fellow adventurers hoping to create an adventure of their own.
What was wonderful was Stafford's own personal reflections of his emotional states as the journey progressed - from elation, to despair, depression, anger, frustration, fear, apathy, boredom - he seemed genuinely open about his emotional experiences, which was surprising and refreshing to read. You can see how his personality went through some significant changes as the two years passed; he learnt more about himself and how he relates to others, which made the book most interesting for me.
An inspiring story and worth having a read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Adventure 26 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The first I was aware of Ed Stafford's trek was when it was over, and shown in the two episode series on Discovery. But how could a two episode series do a trek of almost 3 years justice? In short, it couldn't, and it felt like reading the Cliffs Notes. Therefore I was really happy a few days ago to spot that Ed had released a book of his adventures, and I bought it instantly. I read it in three sittings, because it was hard to put down. The book inevitably expands on all the detail of Ed's journey, including amazing anecdote after anecdote about travelling through Chile, Peru, Colombia and then finally Brazil (I hope I got the first three countries in the correct order). It's a fascinating study on the reality of trekking for month after month, and what kit works and doesn't, even if that means you end up wearing welly boots and Crocs. That Ed navigated large parts of his journey in Brazil using Google Earth via a satellite Internet connection beggar's belief, but he had no alternative and always just got on with the "job". I was amazed by Ed's stamina and motivation in the TV series, and was only more so with the book. He doesn't hold back though within the book, and often self analyses his feelings about the journey, as well as those who accompanied him. That self analysis was fascinating from the perspective of how it changed both him and his attitude to life. Aside from the incredible tales within the book it's also really well written, and flows very nicely. My only criticism would be the recurring hardship faced in the basic jungle trekking: mud, thorns etc. But perhaps I'm being harsh, and this was the reality that underpinned the trek? Recommended for anyone who enjoys non-fiction tales of amazing achievement. My hat's off to Ed for this amazing record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! 6 Oct 2011
By Riquito
Format:Hardcover
Just a really good book - Well written and brings the excitement that I had expected...

All in all a very good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written account 15 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm surprised not just by the scale of this adventure and the obvious gusto that Ed brings to it, but by the fact that it is in actual fact a very well written book by someone with limited experience in travel writing (so far). Refreshing is Ed's willingness to use swear words and common phrases when needed to convey his emotion and attitude to a situation, instead of rephrasing or ommiting. Ed does a great job of pulling the reader in to the adventure and you constantly feel like you are there amongst the big picture. His prose are very descriptive at times, honest and unconveluting, and its his ability to use observational description of everything he sees around him to brilliant effect, whilst still focusing on the eventual goal, that does the trick and makes this a memorable read. I found large sections unputdownable. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking adventure 3 Sep 2011
By AaronB
Format:Hardcover
what an amazing book!!! From beginning to end i couldnt put it down. By far it is the best book about adventure i have ever read and i was sad to have finished it. The documentary about eds journey following the amazon was shown on tv in june(which by the way is nowhere near as good as the book) and having seen that i thought i must read the book. If your looking for a book about adventure friendship determination and life threatening situations then this is the book for you.
EPIC!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling true-life adventure read 25 Aug 2011
By BrianD
Format:Hardcover
No-nonsense style and genuine narrative from an amazing journey. Especially liked the honesty of the author in dealing with the inter-personal conflicts which threatened to spoil the whole expedition. The guy is 100 percent the real deal and the account is a page-turner which I really enjoyed. Much more realistic than your average expedition story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very engaging read!
Published 23 days ago by T A Lopez-Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book, even I have blisters.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Keith Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing achievement, and a very interesting book
An amazing achievement, and a very interesting book. A few more photos would probably have been appreciated, particularly as some of the walking companions were photographers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure read
A really enjoyable read for any one with a thirst for adventure! Well written and a great telling of this remarkable feat
Published 1 month ago by martin Okeefe
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an interesting read
Amazing book...really interesting, what an achievement. Hats off to this guy.
Published 1 month ago by HPENDRAGON
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
Already 1/3 through it, arrived very quickly. My only gripe on the book would be the chapters are a bit long.......... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read. Couldn't put this book down. So much going on. . Cheers Ed.
Published 2 months ago by Jason McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
He's just inspiring and a nutter! Great courage to do what he has done and does,modern day adventurer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ben Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars True human endeavour - inspirational
I love trekking in remote places but this is something else - It just goes to show what the human body is capable of and how we can adapt quite quickly by setting aside... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable account of tremendous accomplishment
Ed Stafford's achievement in walking the length of the Amazon is a great one and given well-deserved praise by Ranulph Fiennes in this book's introduction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlie Ntamark
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