The Rivers Amazon Author:Alex Shoumatoff A vast and primeval world comes vividly to life in this paperback edition of Alex Shoumatoff's eight-month odyssey through Amazonia. Traveling by bus, plane, boat, and on foot, Shoumatoff followed the river and its tributaries to their headwaters high in the Peruvian Andes, discovering a hauntingly beautiful, sometimes deadly, twilight world wh... more »ere soaring trees compete for the sun; a hothouse teeming with exotic plants, animals, insects, birds, and fish--many still unclassified; home to peoples usually hidden from outsiders' eyes, including headhunters and cannibals; and a great riverine web that spreads over an area nearly as large as the continental United States. Here is a classic portrait of one of our planet's most threatened ecosystems.« less
Even more than adventure, the book teems with colorful facts. This book will appeal to conservationists and to anyone who enjoys the exotic. It is both exciting as adventure and impressive in details of ecology and culture.