By Wade Davis

The tale of 2 generations of medical explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic story of event and a compelling paintings of ordinary history.

In 1941, Professor Richard Evan Schultes took a depart from Harvard and disappeared into the Amazon, the place he spent the following twelve years mapping uncharted rivers and dwelling between dozens of Indian tribes. within the Nineteen Seventies, he despatched prize scholars, Tim Plowman and Wade Davis, to stick with in his footsteps and unveil the botanical secrets and techniques of coca, the infamous resource of cocaine, a sacred plant recognized to the Inca because the Divine Leaf of Immortality.

A beautiful account of experience and discovery, betrayal and destruction, One River is a narrative of 2 generations of explorers drawn jointly by way of the transcendent wisdom of Indian peoples, the visionary nation-states of the shaman, and the extreme crops that maintain all lifestyles in a wooded area that when stood huge and inviolable.

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