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  • Published: 26 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448191437
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

One River

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.

  • Pub date: 26 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448191437
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

About the Author

Wade Davis

Wade Davis is a multi award-winning writer and acclaimed photographer whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. He is the best-selling author of 22 books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, which was awarded the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2018 he became an Honorary Citizen of Colombia.

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Praise for One River

“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”

Kirkus Reviews

“Extraordinary...a biographical tapestry rich in history, adventure, intrigue and scholarship”


“A wild ride through one rapid after another…magnificent”

Boston Globe

“Brilliantly written..this is essential reading for anyone interested in [the Amazon] area”

Good Book Guide

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