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5.0 out of 5 stars a fine read, April 1 2014
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Jeff (Summerside, PE Canada) - See all my reviews
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A well written account of fascinating times & adventure. Fellow Canadian Wade Davis does a formidable job of preserving the Schultes story. Whether you come as a fan of ethnobotany, travel, Amazonia, or traditional plants, this is a great read.

His writing flows, & though place names & chronology is detailed, & can be complicated, the reader is able to glide over, or dive in to details as wanted. Following along on a map or not, one does not lose the essence of the story or the appreciation for its main subjects.

As Schultes before him, Davis treats the cultures within the jungle with respect & appreciation. Allowing us to understand a little, & if only in words, preserve a little of that for us all.

A thoroughly excellent read, & surely one of the best on the topics. Thank you Wade Davis. I was sad to have the book end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great real life adventure read, July 6 2013
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The book was referred by a friend. I'm so glad I'm reading it. Great story, real life. I would recommend it to anyone interested in anthropology and plants associated with cultural rituals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read!, May 13 2013
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This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It has
so much information that connected many industries to their histories
of murder, lies and corruption, plus it is the story of a man for
whom the world owes a great debit of graduated. For he helped
save cultures from becoming extinct.
Loved this book. Thank you Wade Davies for writing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Deeper in the Wonder, April 14 2004
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"jumarther" (oklahoma city, oklahoma) - See all my reviews
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This will be a very short review on a book that has long been with me. While working on a reproductive biology macaw research project climbing into the canopy of the Amazon each day for 3 months i found ONE RIVER one night piled amongst the research literature. Even though i had the Amazon literally ground into my bones after so many days of hard labor i could not put this book down each night reading by candle. Could one gourge on steak then still enjoy reading about cattle? This is simply a fascinating, and most well written book on arguably the most complex wonderful ecosystem as experienced by a most hard working curiously gifted individual. Do your soul a favor and read this book 5 times!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars River of Life, May 22 2003
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One River reads like an adventure story, a character sketch, a history, and a PhD dissertation. How Davis is able to hold so many disparate strands together so well is a true marvel. That he is an excellent writer surely helped but so did his choice of topics-all quite fascinating.
Rarely does one pick up a book, especially non-fiction, that cannot be set aside. This book glues itself to your hands and you won't be able to shake it until you've finished. Then you'll wish there were more.
In the broadest terms, One River is a biography of Davis's mentor, Richard Evans Schultes. I had become familiar with Schultes's work when researching hallucinogens. Well-known in that particular field, he is renowned generally as the godfather of ethnobotany. Tracing any strand in modern botany you'll find him again and again. He was incredibly prolific and a born adventurer. Many species of plants are named after him because his colleagues so highly respected him.
Davis recounts his personal experiences under Schultes-the strange days at Harvard, the mission Schultes sent him on to study cocaine in 1970s Columbia-and then proceeds to unravel his hero's own story. One needs to read the book to appreciate the twists and turns of this plot but let's just say Schultes has taken all drugs, lived with all new world tribes, and regularly voted for Queen Elizabeth II in presidential elections. In spite of his noted eccentricities few scientists could claim such respect or accomplishment.
In the early 40s he was employed by U.S. government to find and/or cultivate a new world source of high quality rubber. A decade of work almost resulted in a better rubber that would enrich the people of Central America and ensure the U.S. a constant supply of this industrial mainstay. Please read almost... a single guffaw by some legislators destroyed all this work and left us in the lurch of depending on Southeast Asia for our rubber, a precarious situation to be sure.
Throughout the book, the main backdrop is the Amazon. One of the reasons I had trouble putting the book down was because it transported me to that exotic place. Though I was doing my same old routine, I could jump into the narrative and feel like I was on an intrepid vacation never sure what the next bend in the river would bring: menacing or friendly natives, a new species of orchid, other wanderers, a potently hallucinogenic plant?
For a thoughtful and engaging read one can do no better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading for anyone with an interest in adventure., June 26 1999
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For a scientific text, this book reads like Raiders of the Lost Ark! On a trip to Amazonia this summer, an American resident of the Amazon with a museum of Amazonia art told me this book is his "bible." For a text with so much scientific detail, it is still hard to put down. It added a great deal of insight to my trip from Iquitos to Belem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Davis'portrayal of the Amazon is brilliant., June 11 1999
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One River was one of the best books I have read in quite some time. As a Ph.D student in Botany, I was inspired by the accounts of Shultes, Plowman and Davis' journeys to the Amazon seeking tropical plants and learning from the people who have been using them for generations.. Davis has a rare ability to mix technical science writing with a deep knowledge of history, culture, and politics and make it flow into a coherent narrative. Any student of ecology, evolution, (especially of plants) will love this book as will people with an interest in the cultures and history of the Amazon basin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and beautiful, April 7 1999
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This book should be a real eye opener for those who have never taken the time to open their minds to other ways of seeing issues such as those exposed in this book. For those who have, then this book will continue to inspire and delight. Besides all this, it is beautifully written, and anyone with imagination can be carried away and moved by the stories, the history, the science, and the sheer poetic content. This will make you realize, if you haven't already, that there are many different and amazing cultures, that there are so many rich experiences to have in our world, and how important it is to preserve and take care of the diversity our world offers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Journey, Dec 28 1998
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This is one of the best natural history and history of science an culture books I have ever read. I started this after reading another scintillating science book by David Quammen "Song of the Dodo" which I have since read again with great pleasure but "One River" forms a link between science and culture that was untouched in Quammen's tale of A.R. Wallace. The curious link is that Wallace started his journey's as a collector in the Amazon and covered some of the ground that Davis retraced.
Davis does a marvelous job of melding his and Schultes adventures in interlocking chapters. The tale of the mission to secure a supply of rubber during the war and the subsequent loss of the incredible genetic library that Schultes founded and was subsequently destroyed by bureaucratic bumbling is classic and tragic.
A wonderful read, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Journey, Jan. 13 1998
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read this book, having never read anything about ethnobotany, but I was hooked from the first page. Davis writes like a poet and takes the reader on a fantastic journey through South America. The book has certainly made me question our country's drug policies. The use of drugs by the various tribes/cultures (as opposed to abuse of drugs) was such an eye-opener - we are so used to being pounded over the head with the idea that drugs are bad or evil; a scourge on society. One River will give you a whole new perspective on drug use to enhance life and promote cultural and spiritual well-being.
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