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Purchase Amazon rainforest books:

Bradt Publications
Specialist travel books, including The Amazon: The Bradt Travel Guide by Roger Harris (creator of this website) and Peter Hutchison. Bradt's line-up includes books on Amazon countries, including Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.


Land of Ghosts (JAN '05)
A researcher takes the reader on an expedition into the forest, describing the Amazon's natural history, people, history and future prospects.

A Lost World. Wade Davies (JAN '05)
Moving photographic essay on the life of Richard Evans Schultes, the father of ethnobotany by a student of his at Harvard.


British Museum Colouring Books: the Amazon Rainforest. Patricia Hansom (2001)

Amazon Insects: A Photo Guide. J. L. Castner (2000)
Pocket guide to common insects of Amazon lowland rainforest.

The Amazon River Forest: A Natural History of Plants, Animals, & People. Nigel Smith (1999)
Selective treatment of various natural history topics.

Amazon Stranger: A Rainforest Battles Big Oil. Mike Tidwell (1996)
True story of Randy Borman, son of American missionaries who is chief of the Cofan Indians in Ecuador and now leads the fight against unsustainable development. Compelling and well-written.

The Amazon: Past, Present, & Future. Alain Gheerbrant (1992)
Broad review of Amazon history and economic development—lots of illustrations from early maps and manuscripts.

East to the Amazon. John Blashford-Snell and Richard Snailham (2002)
Rather pedantic but informative account of Amazon exploration in Bolivia.

Explorers of the Amazon. Anthony Smith (1994)
Detailed account of early Amazon exploration, including all the major expeditions to the early 20th century. Not your average history book!

Floods of Fortune: Ecology & Economy along the Amazon. Michael Goulding (2000)
Among the best written books on Amazon natural history, focusing on the varzea and igapo flooded forests.

The Naturalist on the Amazons. Henry W. Bates (orig. publ. 1863)
Classic Victorian travelogue, giving insight into how views have changed since the 19th century.

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest. Mark J. Plotkin (1994)
Mesmerizing autobiographical perspective of a scientist's investigation of potential uses for plants used by indigenous Amazonians.

Amazon Journal: Dispatches from a Vanishing Frontier. Geoffrey O'Connor (1998)

Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest. Sy Montgomery (2000)

A Guide to the Birds of Colombia. Steven Hilty & William Brown (1986)
Outstanding field guide, useful to keen bird-watchers and relevant to Amazon countries other than Colombia.

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide. Louise H. Emmons and Francois Feer (1997)
Comprehensive and detailed accounts of all known Amazon mammals.

A Neotropical Companion. John Kricher, et al. (2nd Ed, 1999)
Broad view of tropical rainforest ecology.

A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of North west South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru): With Supplementary Notes). Alwyn H. Gentry, Adrian G. Forsyth (1996)
The Amazon botanist's bible.

Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle. Philip Desacola (1997)

Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon. Michael Goulding (2003)
This beautifully illustrated atlas includes 150 color maps, 289 color photos, and details of 14 rivers. Topics covered include geology, ecology, river characteristics, flora and fauna, and effects of human activities.

Tropical Nature. Adrian Forsyth and Kenneth Miyata (1987)
Well-written, sometimes witty insight into tropical rainforest ecology.


The Brazilian Amazon Rainforest: Global Ecopolitics, Development and Democracy. Luiz C. Barbosa (2000)
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Teacher's resources for teaching about the rainforest
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Teacher Thematic Kit Books and other children's books plus more links.

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Henry David Thoreau, Walden 1854

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