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The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

by Michael Goulding | Ronaldo Barthem | Efrem Ferreira

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

This beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river includes its major tributaries and 150 full-color maps. Goulding (Floods of Fortune) and Brazilian biologists Barthem and Ferreira provide the accompanying text. (AMZ82, $39.95)

In Trouble Again

In Trouble Again

by Redmond O'Hanlon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

As funny as he is insightful, O'Hanlon starts his comic masterpiece of a journey between the Orinoco and the Amazon with a litany of the insects, protozoa, snakes and predators that can do you harm. (AMZ04, $16.00)

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature

by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)

Amazon Map

Amazon Map

by Nelles

  • 2009
  • MAP

This double-sided map (1:2.5 million) shows both detail and the expanse of the great river basin from the Andes to the Atlantic. (AMZ05, $13.95)

 
Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon

Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon


by John Hemming

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Hemming captures the ambition, greed and awe of naturalists, explorers and missionaries -- and their devastating impact on native peoples -- in this absorbing human history. (AMZ114, $24.95)

Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon

Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon


by William Herndon | Gary Kinder

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

An original account of 19th-century exploration of the Amazon by Captain Herndon, who traveled from Lima to the Pacific coast of Brazil. (AMZ67, $14.00)

The Sea and the Jungle

The Sea and the Jungle


by H.M. Tomlinson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

First published in 1912, this is a thoroughly unromanticized, absorbing account of a 2,000-mile journey by steamship deep into the Amazon. Understated and often hilarious. (AMZ10, $19.95)

The Unconquered, In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes

The Unconquered, In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes


by Scott Wallace

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Wallace shows plight of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon in this travelogue and portrait of Sydney Possuelo, founder of Brazil's Department of Isolated Indians (AMZ132, $16.00)

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego. (SAM02, $17.00)

Jungle, A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon

Jungle, A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon


by Yossi Ghinsberg

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A bestselling true story that reads like a thrilling novel. After four weeks of trekking deep into the Bolivian rainforest, Yossi Ghinsberg and his companions realize that they are lost. Eventually alone, Ghinsberg must make it out all by himself. (BOL31, $14.99)

La Doctora, The Journal of an American Doctor Practicing Medicine of the Amazon River

La Doctora, The Journal of an American Doctor Practicing Medicine of the Amazon River


by Linnea Smith

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

An insightful collection of letters home to America from a doctor at an Amazonian jungle clinic for education and research. (AMZ43, $16.95)

Life in the Treetops, Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology

Life in the Treetops, Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology


by Margaret Lowman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 219 PAGES

The sprightly memoir of an ecologist who climbs, studies and sleeps in trees for a living, balancing multiple roles of scientist, wife and mom. Margaret Lowman, a pioneer in the ecology of forest tree canopies, continues her story in a second memoir (written with her now-grown sons). (AMZ57, $13.95)

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice


by Mark Plotkin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this marvelous book, Plotkin recounts his work documenting the use of medicinal plants among remote tribes in the Northwest Amazon. A portrait of people and their environment, a tale of adventure and a moving example of science in the service of preservation. (AMZ15, $17.00)

The Mapmaker's Wife

The Mapmaker's Wife


by Robert Whitaker

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Colonial politics, the travails of the cartographer, and good old-fashioned murder all add intrigue to this absorbing tale of 18th-century European exploration of the Amazon -- and one woman's quest heading from Quito to find her husband deep in the jungle. (AMZ97, $16.99)

The Encounter, Amazon Beaming

The Encounter, Amazon Beaming


by Petru Popescu

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

The intrepid explorer Loren McIntyre seeks the source of the Amazon River in this work of creative non-fiction, based entirely on McIntyre's thrilling adventure. A vivid narrative by a noted screenwriter and novelist. (AMZ150, $16.95)

Jungles

Jungles


by Frans Lanting | Christine Eckstrom

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

The wildlife of Central America, the Congo, Amazon, Borneo and Madagascar are all featured in this portfolio of 120 extraordinary color photographs. (AMZ65, $19.99)

Naturalists in Paradise, Wallace, Bates and Spruce in the Amazon

Naturalists in Paradise, Wallace, Bates and Spruce in the Amazon


by John Hemming

  • SCIENCE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

The story of Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Bates and Richard Spruce, three pioneering British naturalists whose discoveries in Amazonia impacted the world. Includes 70 black-and-white and color illustrations. (AMZ137, $34.95)

The Green Pharmacy

The Green Pharmacy


by James A. Duke

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 507 PAGES

An A-Z catalog of ailments and the herbal remedies that heal them. (AMZ40, $22.99)

Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide

Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide


by Paul Greenfield | Robert Ridgely

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 740 PAGES

A comprehensive, gorgeous and exhaustively researched field guide to the birds of Ecuador (and adjacent countries), featuring 96 color plates. It's also the best bird guide for travelers in the Peruvian Amazon. (EDR08, $55.00)

Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide

Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide


by Robin Restall | Clemencia Rodner | Roger Williams

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana. (SAM103, $75.00)

Brazil Birds

Brazil Birds


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 12 PAGES

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 140 birds often seen in Brazil. (BZL141, $7.95)

Brazil Wildlife

Brazil Wildlife


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 12 PAGES

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 140 creatures often seen in Brazil. (BZL140, $7.95)

Brazil: Amazon & Pantanal, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Brazil: Amazon & Pantanal, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by Les Beletsky | David Pearson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 491 PAGES

A comprehensive handbook to the flora, fauna and habitats of Brazil. The 100 color plates feature 90 species of amphibians and reptiles, 310 birds, 70 mammals, 30 insects and 50 common trees and plants. (BZL30, $29.95)

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide


by L.H. Emmons

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South America features 29 color plates of more than 200 species. (GPS12, $49.00)

Amazon Trek, In Search of Vanishing Secrets

Amazon Trek, In Search of Vanishing Secrets


by Jean-Christophe Jeauffre

  • FILM
  • 2007
  • DVD

A dramatic documentary of the Jules Verne Expedition, a group of modern-day explorers who set sail aboard a 19th-century ship and head up the Amazon. Their journey follows the river to the jungle homes of the Maracas Indians and a lost civilization. (AMZ140, $19.99)

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