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Running the Amazon

Running the Amazon

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Written by Joe KaneAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Joe Kane

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: May 12, 1990
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-72902-0 (0-679-72902-X)
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"Running the Amazon is old-fashioned travel writing, where accreditation is gained in courses of misery....Kane...has created a moving diorama, an excited sense of the earth's ceaseless variety." —The New York Times Book Review

The voyage began in the lunar terrain of the Peruvian Andes, where coca leaf is the only remedy against altitude sickness. It continued down rapids so fierce they could swallow a raft in a split second. It ended six months and 4,200 miles later, where the Amazon runs gently into the Atlantic. Joe Kane's personal account of the first expedition to travel the entirety of the world's longest river is a riveting adventure in the tradition of Joseph Conrad, filled with death-defying encounters: with narco-traffickers and Sendero Luminoso guerrillas and nature at its most unforgiving. Not least of all, Running the Amazon shows a polyglot group of urbanized travelers confronting their wilder selves—their fear and egotism, selflessness and courage.