Tree of Rivers: The Story of the Amazon

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He shows the vast destruction of the people through disease and slavery by the people of nearly every Western civilization. The level of detail here is unparalleled. The stories of Fitzcarraldo, as portrayed by Werner Herzog, and other rubber barons and legendary adventurers are here.

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Describes the passionate struggles that have taken place in order to utilize, protect and understand the wonder that is the Amazon. This book features the adventures and misadventures down the centuries of the explorers, missionaries, indigenous Indians, naturalists, rubber barons, scientists, anthropologists and archaeologists. Num Pages: pages, 70 illustrations, 20 in colour. Dimension: x x Weight in Grams: Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory V Tree of Rivers: The Story of the Amazon.

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View all copies of this ISBN edition:. The human beings who settled in the region 10, years ago learned to live well with its bounty of fish, game, and vegetation. John Hemming recalls the adventures and misadventures of intrepid explorers, fervent Jesuit ecclesiastics, and greedy rubber barons who enslaved thousands of Indians in the relentless quest for profit. The river is the center of a web of life -- plants, insects, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals -- dauntingly richer than any other region's on Earth. Copyright , The Washington Post.

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Stock Image. The Indians riddled the young man with eight arrows and crushed his skull with a handmade club. Hemming helped carry the embalmed and canvas-wrapped body out of the rain forest so that it could be buried in a British cemetery in Brazil.

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In the nearly 50 years that have followed his first, ill-fated expedition, he has become a powerful advocate for the rain forest and, even more, for its native inhabitants. Throughout, Hemming scatters modest references to his own extraordinary journeys.

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When explaining the potentially deadly diseases that Amazon explorers and natives alike have long suffered, he casually mentions that he has twice endured the searing fever and bone-grinding chills of malaria. Having cut trails through dense, remote rain forest, and having felt the sickening and very real danger of becoming hopelessly lost, he understands much better than most the extraordinary skill it takes for indigenous people to navigate their world.

While Hemming has a deep appreciation for the beauty of the rain forest, he also understands why explorers fighting for their lives might be forgiven if they did not often stop to admire it. After a few weeks of such toil, nonindigenous men are pale, with clothes torn and boots disintegrating. Their skin is covered in bites, thorns and festering scratches, and the glands that filter insect poison from arms and legs are swollen and sore.

But as soon as they descended into the Amazon forests they became helpless incompetents. View all New York Times newsletters. For thousands of years, Indians have survived in the Amazon much more effectively and gracefully than any outsider could hope to. Unfortunately, since the 16th century, their survival has depended largely on avoiding not poisonous snakes or razor-toothed fish, but white men.