Running the Amazon

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 14, 2011 - Travel - 320 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  - kinsey_m - LibraryThing

I closed the book with the feeling of having travelled alonside Kane on the Amazon. I don't usually read real adventure books, and I had only had this feeling before(of having actually done the same travel as the characters/writer) while reading the Lord of the Rings. A great book. Read full review

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User Review  - dickcraig - LibraryThing

The author was not experienced with running class 5 or 6 rapids and this trip presented him with real challenges. A disparate group of adventurers set out to run the entire 4200 mile length of the ... Read full review


1 The Pacific
2 The Colca
3 Headwaters
4 The Upper Apurimac
5 The Black Canyon
6 Trails End
11 The Ene
12 The Tambo
13 The Upper Ucayali
14 The Lower Ucayali
15 The Marañón
16 The Solimões
17 The Amazon
18 The Pará

7 Meeting the Great Speaker
8 The Acobamba Abyss
9 The Middle Apurimac
10 The Lower Apurimac The Red Zone
19 The Atlantic

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About the author (2011)

Joe Kane's "Phantom of the Movies" columns and reviews have appeared in the New York Daily News. He also publishes The Phantom of the Movies' 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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