Karen's Top Ten Books

The first section is books that helped me gain an understanding of the issues relating to the rainforest. Those books which have links associated with them take you to my notes taken from these titles. My intent is to save someone the time-instense effort of self-education. If you are a teacher these brief notes will give you my understanding of the main points in these books as they relate to my project.

The second section of books are from the time period and were helpful in gaining insight into how Bessie viewed the world.

Davis, Wade. One River

Davis, Wade. Shadows in the Sun: Travels to Landscape fo Spirit and Desire. Broadway Books, NewYork 1998

Meggers, Dr. Betty. Amazonia: man and culture in a counterfeit paradise. Smithsonian Press, Washington, D.C. 1996

Wagley, Charles. Welcome of tears: the Tapirape Indians of Central Brazil Waveland Press, Ill 1977

Zweig, Stefan. Brazil Land of the Future Viking Press New York 1941


Books from the time period

One of the ways I learned about how Bessie would have viewed the Amazon was to read books that were current at the time. These included travelogues, missionary accounts, and books published about expeditions and explorers. I also read all of the National Geographic articles about the Amazon from the beginning of the century until the 1940's.

Fleming, Peter. Brazilian Adventure, Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1961(originally published in 1934).

Hanson, Earl Parker. Journey to Manaos, Raynal and Hitchcock, New York 1938.

Macintyre, Archie. Down the Araguaya Religious Tract Society, London 1934.