One River

One River

by Wade Davis


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One River by Wade Davis

The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.

In 1941, Professor Richard Evan Schultes took a leave from Harvard and disappeared into the Amazon, where he spent the next twelve years mapping uncharted rivers and living among dozens of Indian tribes. In the 1970s, he sent two prize students, Tim Plowman and Wade Davis, to follow in his footsteps and unveil the botanical secrets of coca, the notorious source of cocaine, a sacred plant known to the Inca as the Divine Leaf of Immortality.

A stunning account of adventure and discovery, betrayal and destruction, One River is a story of two generations of explorers drawn together by the transcendent knowledge of Indian peoples, the visionary realms of the shaman, and the extraordinary plants that sustain all life in a forest that once stood immense and inviolable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684834962
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 342,614
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Wade Davis received his doctorate in ethnobotany from Harvard University and is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He is the author of many books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow and One River. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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One River 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Charlottes-son More than 1 year ago
I love to share this book. This is one of the good read. I learned stuff from this one, too. The Amazon has always been a mystery, and sometimes fatal, this book takes a deep and long look. I'm glad he went, so i didn't have to.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.