Running the Amazon by Joe Kane
(Vintage Departures)

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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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Joe Kane's "Phantom of the Movies(R)" columns and reviews have appeared in the "New York Daily News since 1984. He also publishes "The Phantom of the Movies'(R) VideoScope: The Ultimate Genre-Video Guide magazine, read by movie lovers and industry insiders alike. He lives in New York City.
Published January 1, 1989 by Alfred A. Knopf. 278 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Foaming rapids, tropical fevers, Maoist guerrillas, gun-happy drug lords, short tempers, and even shorter rations were just a few of the perils faced by the author during his 4200-mile kayak-and-raft passage from the source of the Amazon in the Peruvian highlands to the Atlantic Ocean.

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If Hansen stuck to his original plan to start on the Apurimac, Contos would have the first complete descent to himself.

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