- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (Dec 13 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439168903
- ISBN-13: 978-1439168905
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 458 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries Paperback – Dec 13 2016
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“In this vivid, engaging hybrid of travel and history, Kim MacQuarrie proves to be the ideal companion on a trip the length of South America—a land where past and present are inseparable.” (Mark Adams, author of TURN RIGHT AT MACHU PICCHU: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time)
“[MacQuarrie] writes smartly and engagingly and with a sense of populist enthusiasm about the variety of South America’s life and landscape.” (Tom Zoellner The New York Times Book Review)
"Fascinating. . . . A poignant summary of the collision between the ancient and the modern that has done much to shape the Andean region." (Matthew Price The Boston Globe)
"MacQuarrie's book is as richly detailed as it is deeply felt. . . . A thoughtfully observed travel memoir and history." (Kirkus Reviews)
“The human history that has shaped South America is dramatically re-created in this rich account of iconic Andes characters, from Pablo Escobar and Hiram Bingham to Che Guevara and Butch Cassidy.” (Don George National Geographic Traveler)
“Few writers know the mountainous spine of South America better than Kim MacQuarrie, and fewer still can match the richness, verve, and competence he brings to his work. Whether focused on Darwin's extraordinary journey through icy Patagonia or the demise of Che Guevara in Bolivia, MacQuarrie displays an unfailing talent for great storytelling and an exceptional depth of knowledge. Life and Death in the Andes is a beautifully crafted book that brings to vivid life one of the most spectacular and mysterious landscapes on the planet.” (Scott Wallace, author of The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes)
"MacQuarrie is a master storyteller whose cinematic eye always shines through." (Edward Morris BookPage)
"MacQuarrie spectacularly describes the Andes. This is a well-written, immersive work that history aficionados, particularly those with an affinity for Latin America, will relish.” (Library Journal)
“It was an inspired idea to weave a journey through the Andes with tales of some of its most flamboyant characters – gangsters like the drug baron Pablo Escobar and the bank robber Butch Cassidy, murderous idealists like Che Guevara and the founder of the Shining Path insurgency, or Charles Darwin and the Patagonian indigenous peoples. Kim MacQuarrie tracks down their descendants or acolytes, and enthralls the reader with their stories and his own travels.” (John Hemming, author of THE CONQUEST OF THE INCAS)
"Eccentric, often lively. . . . Part history, part chatty travelogue. . . . MacQuarrie is an enthusiastic guide and is often amusing and occasionally enlightening." (Brigitte Frase Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
About the Author
Kim MacQuarrie is a four-time Emmy Award–winning filmmaker and award-winning author who has lived and worked all over the world. Educated in the US and France, he lived for five years in Peru and spent some of that time living with a recently contacted tribe in the Amazon jungle, only 100 miles from Machu Picchu. He is the author of Life and Death in the Andes and The Last Days of the Incas, as well as three illustrated books about Peru. He currently divides his time between the US, Peru, and Thailand. Visit him at KimMacQuarrie.com.See all Product description
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Needless to say, I was ecstatic to learn of his writing "Life and Death in the Andes" and pre-ordered many months before the release on December 1st. I've been glued to the book since.
Kim has the ability to share so much knowledge and detail on cultural, historical, anthropological, geographical, environmental, etc aspects but in a way that leaves you not wanting to put the book down and as if you are along on a great adventure story. He is not only a leading authority on all things South American, but a true adventurer as well,so his descriptions are amazing and keep you turning pages but at the same time learning so, so much.
This book reminds me a lot of a few of my other favorite books on South America; "One River" by Wade Davis, and "Running the Amazon" and "Savages" by author Joe Kane. But if I was headed to South America and was to take along just one, it would be "Life and Death in the Andes" due to the scope and variety of stories contained within.
A must buy book for anyone interested in South America, adventure, history, cultures..the list goes on!
This well-researched book was very informative on many events that had occurred in South America that I knew very little about. I found the details of how the Shining Path, a terrorist group in Peru, and the biggest drug cartel of Medallin in Columbia, developed and ended. I also liked reading about Darwin and how he came about with his ground-breaking ideas of evolution. I truly want to visit the Galapagos Islands some day! WOW! I didn't know about the floating islands and the lifestyle on Lake Titicaca.
The intelligence of the author came through many times and especially with his discussion of Kon Tiki and the theories that surrounded the exploration done by Thor Heyderdahl. Who influenced who? The natives from South America visiting the Polynesian Islands or the Polynesians coming the South America.?
This is a well-written book, easy to read and understand and I recommend it.
I was so excited for this book to come out, seemed right up my alley. It's basically 9 or so short articles about interesting things in South American history. It's very well written, you can feel the passion he has for that part of the world. It will make you want to buy a new book after each chapter. He lightly delves Into these stories so you'll probably want to go on and do some more research after you finish. I can't think of a better way to recommend a book. You'll read it and be thirsty for more.
The only gripe I have is: I think it could have been a great travelogue as well. I would have loved a few paragraphs here and there about the actual road trip down the west coast of the continent. he could have tied things together really well and made a masterpiece. But, that's a small gripe. I loved this book and I hope Kim keeps writing.