Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest
From the author of INTO THE SILENCE, the winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2012, comes an epic tale of adventure in the Amazon rainforest.
From the author of INTO THE SILENCE, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
In 1941, Richard Evans Schultes took a leave of absence from Harvard University and disappeared into the Northern Amazon of Colombia.
The world’s leading authority on the hallucinogens and medicinal plants of the region, he returned after twelve years of travelling through South America in a dug-out canoe, mapping uncharted rivers, living among local tribes and documenting the knowledge of shamans.
Thirty years later, his student Wade Davis landed in Bogota to follow in his mentor’s footsteps – so creating an epic tale of undaunted adventure, a compelling work of natural history and a testament to the spirit of scientific exploration.
“Davis writes magnificently... A great lyrical book, as richly varied as the rain forests it describes”
New York Times Book Review
“An exceptional tale of 20th-century scientific exploration and a rousing travelogue to places both real and illusory”
“Extraordinary...a biographical tapestry rich in history, adventure, intrigue and scholarship”
“A wild ride through one rapid after another…magnificent”
“Brilliantly written..this is essential reading for anyone interested in [the Amazon] area”
Good Book Guide