One River (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Social Science - 544 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Christian Burger - Goodreads

Even though I am not finished, I can safely put Wade Davis' One River in 5-star territory. There is just some art that you know was completed passionately and with care. There is plenty of source ... Read full review

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User Review  - RK - Goodreads

Wade Davis is one of my favorite authors to read. He displays a sensitivity to other cultures that is rare, even to find in an anthropologist and he's a fantastic writer as demonstrated in this ... Read full review

Contents

Juans Farewell
9
Mountains of the Elder Brother
18
The Peyote Road 1936
61
Flesh of the Gods 193839 94
85
The Red Hotel
125
The Jaguars Nectar
159
The Sky Is Green and the Forest Blue 194142
199
The Sad Lowlands
245
White Blood of the Forest 1943
296
The Betrayal of the Dream 194454
330
The Blue Orchid 194748
372
The Divine Leaf of Immortality
411
One River
450
Notes on Sources
493
Acknowledgments
517
Index 5Z1 493
521

Among the Waorani
270

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About the author (2010)

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.