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Jonathan Kandell's epic narrative traces his path on an ever-southeastward course through the unknown wilderness of South America, which is now undergoing similar dramatic changes to the old American West. He evokes a vast hinterland of terrifying, exotic beauty as it experiences one of the greatest land rushes of history. He documents his travels with accounts of the people who, every day, are stampeding by the thousands to settle a virgin territory in the interior of South America. He describes the oil camps and Indian rituals of Peru's rain forests. He journeys through the rubber plantations and pioneer colonies of Brazil's Amazon jungles, the cattle estates and cocaine lairs of the Bolivian savanna, the tragic Chaco wasteland of Paraguay and thence past cataracts more majestic than Niagra Falls to where the world's largest dam is being built to provide more energy than any oil well yet discovered.
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