Monday, January 5, 2015

Running the Amazon

Running the Amazon – Joe Kane

In this travel book by Joe Kane, a multi-national team raises the funding to locate the source of the Amazon in order to follow it from the snowfields of its origin in the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. What makes this travel book exceptional is that the personal and inter-cultural conflicts among the 11 team members are much more interesting than the usual egomania and fatigue-based sniping and carping that mar other travel narratives. The writing style is restrained even when Kane is dealing with dangerous white water, extreme geography and weather, bugs snakes and germs oh my, and Shining Path guerrillas. Well worth reading.

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