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One River

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    One River tought me something

    One River really tought me about the amazon and how different plants are used. Wade Davis shows the reader what you might now about the Amazon in a fascinating and exciting way. I never knew that so much of the amazon is really useful to people. It makes me think about how we shuold save the forest becuase who knows what plant we can find that may cure cancer. And the book showed me even the illegal use of plants such as the coca plant. Wade Davis wrote a great book that really opens your eyes to teh wonders and mystery that is the Amazon Forest. Its full of adventure, mystery and tribal indians. Its a book I would Recomend to any reader thats is interested into other cultures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    MY all-time favorite adventure book!

    I love adventure books, but this one transcends the genre to encompass aspects of history, ethnobotany, and sociology. It covers the author's own travels and those of his mentor, the famous ethnobotanist Richard Evans SChultes, who's work in the AMazon searching for new souces of rubber during the WWII shortages was a project every bit as secretive and ambitious in scope as the Manhattan Project. Adventure is always more interesting when it takes place as part of the pursuit of legitimate scientific ends rather than just pure thrillseeking. Davis's travels and those of his mentor rival anything in the literature, but what sends this book ocver the top is the luminous writing of the author and his fondness for both his work, the people he writes about and his mentor. THe only way to improve this book would have been for the author to add some maps! HIghly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    The Botanical Indiana Jones

    This is a fantastic book documenting the adventures of Wade Davis and his contemporaries through the South American rainforests in search of rubber, cocaine, and other plant commodities. Though it occasionally gets bogged down in superfluous historical anecdotes, it is nonetheless extremely educating AND entertaining. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    Doccumented assurance modern medicine should be abolished

    A thrilling ride. Wade Davis takes the reader on a roller coaster of truths, clarifying the myths and lore surrounding the indigenous peoples of South America. Extremly informative, this book will broaden perspectives and change the associated necessities of modern society.

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