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.
Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Guatemala.
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.