From the author of INTO THE SILENCE, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
In 1941, Richard Evans Schultes took a leave of absence from Harvard University and disappeared into the Northern Amazon of Colombia.
The world's leading authority on the hallucinogens and medicinal plants of the region, he returned after twelve years of travelling through South America in a dug-out canoe, mapping uncharted rivers, living among local tribes and documenting the knowledge of shamans.
Thirty years later, his student Wade Davis landed in Bogota to follow in his mentor's footsteps - so creating an epic tale of undaunted adventure, a compelling work of natural history and a testament to the spirit of scientific exploration.
Wade Davis is a multi award-winning writer, anthropologist, explorer and acclaimed photographer, his work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. He is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including
The Serpent and the Rainbow,
One River, and
Into the Silence, which was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize, and currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.