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The River Sea: The Amazon in History, Myth, and Legend
 
 
Author
Marshall De Bruhl.
Publisher Counterpoint  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781582434902
Pages/Publication Date 235/2010
Daedalus Item Code 32399
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Since its discovery by Europeans in 1500, explorers, visionaries, soldiers of fortune, men of God, scientists, and slavers have been drawn to the Amazon. Marshall De Bruhl's sweeping chronicle portrays those brave and hardy adventurers over five centuries, from Spanish seafarer Vicente Pinzón, who first sailed into the river and named it Río Santa María del Mar Dulce, to contemporary heroes and heroines like Sister Dorothy Stang and Chico Mendes, whose efforts to save the Amazonian rain forest cost them their lives.

"Derived from firsthand accounts and secondary histories about Amazonian exploration, and informed by an authorial journey to South America, this work embraces discoverers, conquistadors, missionaries, naturalists, and environmentalists who have been mesmerized by the world's most stupendous river. Throughout, De Bruhl injects landscape and geographical description into a narrative anchored to historical personages. This usefully depicts the imposing scale of the Amazon, from its width and length to its source in the craggy recesses of the Andes Mountains, as the daunting stage for the ambitions of those who would exploit it. After recounting the fall of the Inca in the era of Spanish and Portuguese conquest, for example, De Bruhl introduces various desperadoes who sought riches in the rain forest; he then describes the scientific expeditions—Alexander von Humboldt's being the best remembered—that yielded their shares of discovery and drama. Sequencing from botanists such as Alfred Russel Wallace to Amazonian economic conflicts over rubber and deforestation, De Bruhl empathetically regales readers with an Amazon that is alluring, intimidating, and ecologically fragile."—Booklist

 
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