Running the Amazon

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Vintage Books, 1990 - Travel - 277 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Alene - Goodreads

I hard a hard time getting into this then really loved it. I think at first I was just trying so hard to keep up with which parts of the group were going where and rendezvousing when and so forth that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Doug Cornelius - Goodreads

A tremendous story of taking on the world's longest river. They start in the high Andes, battling altitudes, and end in the Atlantic Ocean. Read full review


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Joe Kane's "Phantom of the Movies(R)" columns and reviews have appeared in the "New York Daily News since 1984. He also publishes "The Phantom of the Movies'(R) VideoScope: The Ultimate Genre-Video Guide magazine, read by movie lovers and industry insiders alike. He lives in New York City.

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