Sch-Amazonia

Loren McIntyre, Author, E. Spinner, Editor Random House (NY) $40 (164p) ISBN 978-0-87156-641-6
This magnificent volume represents the culmination of a distinguished career in photojournalism. McIntyre has spent more than half a century in South America; he has served as military adviser in Peru, worked in a foreign aid program in Bolivia and reported for National Geographic and Geo. In years of travel in the Amazon basin, he lived with remote Indian tribes and, in 1971, discovered the source of the Amazon River. Though his dazzling photographs here command attention, the narrative is a worthy complement remarkably comprehensive for its brevity and offering information on history, exploration and exploitation. McIntyre organizes his material around the river system: white water from the western Andean slopes, black water from the Rio Negro and its tributaries in the north, blue water from the south and central Brazilian highlands and the brown mainstream. The photographs show spectacular aerial views, cloud- and fog-shrouded landscapes, native peoples and wildlife. In an epilogue, the author also discusses the future of Amazonia--``Treasure Chest or Pandora's Box.'' Photos. 20,000 first printing; author tour. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
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