Running the Amazon

Front Cover
Vintage Books, 1990 - Travel - 277 pages
53 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
20
4 stars
20
3 stars
9
2 stars
2
1 star
2

Review: Running the Amazon

User Review  - Frank O'Neill - Goodreads

A friend who knew that I had spent a month on the Amazon in a dugout canoe gave me Joe Kane's book, 'Running the Amazon'. It's the story of the first expedition to travel from the source of the great ... Read full review

Review: Running the Amazon

User Review  - April - Goodreads

probably the best adventure story I've ever read! Read full review

Contents

TheColca
3
r Headwaters 4 The Upper Apurimac
14
The Black Canyon
46
Copyright

10 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1990)

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.

Bibliographic information