Life and Death in the Andes On the Trail of Bandits Heroes and Revolutionaries

Life and Death in the Andes On the Trail of Bandits Heroes and Revolutionaries[PDF] ✐ Life and Death in the Andes On the Trail of Bandits Heroes and Revolutionaries By Kim MacQuarrie – Uniue portraits of legendary characters along South America’s mountain spine from Charles Darwin to the present day told by a master traveler and observerThe Andes Mountains are the world’s longes Uniue portraits Death in PDF/EPUB À of legendary characters along South America’s mountain spine from Charles Darwin to the present day told by a master traveler and observerThe Andes Mountains are the world’s longest mountain chain linking most of the countries in South America Emmy Award winning filmmaker Kim Macuarrie takes us on a historical journey through this uniue region bringing fresh insight and contemporary Life and ePUB ô connections to such fabled characters as Charles Darwin Pablo Escobar Che Guevara and many others He describes living on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca where people still make sacrifices to the gods He introduces us to a Patagonian woman who is the last living speaker of her language as he explores the disappearance of and Death in the Andes Kindle - indigenous cultures throughout the Andes He meets and Death in PDF ´ a man whose grandfather witnessed Butch Cassidy’s last days in Bolivia and the school teacher who gave Che Guevara his final meal Macuarrie also meets the Colombian police officer who made it his mission to capture Pablo Escobar—the most dangerous cocaine king in the worldThrough the stories he shares Macuarrie raises such uestions as where did the people of South America come and Death in the Andes Kindle - from Did they create or import their cultures Why did the Incas sacrifice children on mountaintops—and how did these “ice mummies” remain so well preserved Why did Peru’s Shining Path leader Guzmán nearly succeed in his revolutionary uest while Che Guevara in Bolivia so uickly failed And what so astounded Charles Darwin in South America that led him to conceive the theory evolution Deeply observed and beautifully written Adventures in the Andes shows us this land as no one has before. Eight years ago I read Kim Macuarries’ The Last Days of the Incas which continues to stand out in my memory for excellent prose I saw this new book on the library shelf and despite its appearance as a book of essays my least favorite genre I went for it While I'd prefer a whole book for each of its topics this is still to me worthy of 5 starsWhile reading I was cognitively considering why I like Macuarrie’s writing I decided on three elements the clarity of prose his choice of content and the way Macuarrie helps the reader envision past eventsRegarding the prose like the earlier book it is easy to read aloud I didn’t read it aloud but most books that are easy to read aloud repeat the predictable noun verb object sentence format While Macuarrie varies sentence structure you know where the each sentence is going I’m not a writer nor a teacher of writing but this seems to be an important element perhaps soothing for the eye and the brain Macuarrie seems to know what will interest an already informed reader For instance he enhances the story of Che Guevara's capture through his trip to the schoolhouse He describes his driver another “tourist” is this the proper word? the hike to get there and his meeting with the school's teacher at the time whom Guevara had asked to meet While devotees of Guevara probably know what happened to his captorsexecutioners and the teacher general readers like me don’t and Macuarrie’s fills in this intriguing gap Similarly Macuarrie has new and interesting things to say about the captures of Pablo Escoba Abimeal Guzman and Butch Cassidy His interview with the builder of the Kon Tiki and the description of the reed house culture shed new light on Heyerdahl’s voyage Who knew that Darwin’s famed ship “The Beagle” returned 3 indigenous South Americans whom its captain had on a previous voyage brought to England to Christianize and “civilize”?I liked the techniue of splicing a story of a probable past in italics into a narrative of the present This worked particularly well in the description of “Juanita” and her fate and the last days of Butch Cassidy and “the Sundance”As the sub title promises you will learn about outlaws and revolutionaries but you will also learn about the indigenous people of South American their means of survival environment legends language weaving and beliefs There is perspective on the theories of evolution and human migration If you are interested in this region and like travel essays that integrate history with past and present culture this book is for you KIRKUS REVIEWS LIFE AND DEATH IN THE ANDES On the Trail of Bandits Heroes and RevolutionariesAuthor Kim MacuarrieReview Issue Date September 15 2015Online Publish Date September 2 2015Publisher Simon SchusterPages 488Price Hardcover 2995Publication Date December 1 2015ISBN Hardcover 978 1 4391 6889 9Category Nonfiction Travel HistoryA filmmaker and writer tells the story of the historical figures and ordinary people who have attempted to control adapt to or explore the largely wild and untamed Andes cordillera Macuarrie's The Last Days of the Incas 2007 etc love affair with South America began during boyhood when he read the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs Though the tales themselves concerned an imaginary world at the center of the Earth the images—of half naked tribes and powerful beastsand rich luxuriant vegetation beautiful women—stayed with him and became the unconscious lodestar toward which he gravitated as an adult travelerIn this book Macuarrie walks in the footsteps of men and women who followed their dreams into the very lands that he once dreamed about as a child Many became famous for their exploits Charles Darwin for example discovered fossilized seashells high up in the Patagonian Andes that led to the formulation of his theory of evolution while Che Guevara attempted to lead a revolution in the Bolivian Andes that he hoped would begin to transform the whole of South America Some like Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar found notoriety in the Andes for dark deeds that not only fueled their greed but also caused social and political chaos Others like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used the mountains as a place to hide from their criminal pasts only to find themselves hounded to death by the law Still others like freelance anthropologists Chris and Ed Franuemont went into the Andes in search of a research project Instead they found a community of indigenous people to belong to and helped revitalize the dying art of weaving among them Part history and part travel narrative Macuarrie's book is as richly detailed as it is deeply felt As the author describes a magnificent region with a turbulent past he also pays homage to the miracles and marvels that lie buried like gems beneath the unfolding history of the South American continent A thoughtfully observed travel memoir and history Kirkus Reviews “Using the wildly diverse 4300 mile South American mountain chain as a backdrop filmmaker and writer Kim Macuarrie revisits the triumphs and depredations of such varied figures in the region as Charles Darwin Che Guevara drug cartel chief Pablo Escobar Machu Picchu “discoverer” Hiram Bingham and the ever mythic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidBut Macuarrie is no hit and run chronicler cherry picking fables He immerses himself in the territory he’s been exploring since the late 1980s when he first journeyed to Peru to interview imprisoned members of the Shining Path guerrilla movement His account of how Shining Path leader Abimael Guzmán was finally run to ground is both a rousing good yarn and a case study in political errorThe author shows that Guevara’s undoing was an instance of revolutionary fervor overriding common sense He brings fresh details to the narrative by tracking down the teacher who fed and conversed with Guevara in the hours before a Bolivian soldier executed himAlthough famous names provide much of the material in Life and Death in the Andes they occupy only a part of Macuarrie’s attention He also delves into local cultures explaining for example how an American helped found a thriving cooperative that rekindled interest in traditional Peruvian weaving He retraces Darwin’s steps on the Galápagos Islands and travels to the tip of the continent to meet the last speaker of the once flourishing Yamana Indian language destroyed by the ravages of colonialism Macuarrie is a master storyteller whose cinematic eye always shines through” — Edward Morris Bookpage “The Andes mountains chain the longest in the world is a treasure trove of history culture and people Macuarrie The Last Days of the Incas seeks to uncover some of the hidden stories of the people who lived in this distinct region Focusing on various South American countries the author combines history folklore and personal interviews to reveal what he considers the most interesting stories Macuarrie engages as well as educates as he travels throughout the mountain range intertwining past and present and incorporating political and cultural conflict while taking the reader on a journey that goes beyond geography or geology Although endnotes for each chapter are provided it can be challenging to determine the connections between the references and the text Regardless Macuarrie spectacularly describes the Andes VERDICT This is a well written immersive work that history aficionados particularly those with an affinity for Latin America will relish” Library Journal Macuarrie spent several years in South America traveling the length of the Andes exploring the lives of many famous and infamous travelers before him  From Charles Darwin to Pablo Escobar from the discoverer ? of Machu Picchu to the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid the author presents their stories vividly  From Che Guevara to Thor Heyerdahl he tracks their paths and journeys uncovering new exciting facts about them  The book is an interesting one a travel memoir that painlessly includes fascinating South American history  We as Americans who know so little about our southern neighbors this should be a must read  You will not be disappointed Received a free signed copy of this book This is a richly detailed travel and memoir book The author is a great storyteller who weaves his own experiences with historical fact The book is well researched and Mr Macuarrie makes history come alive His depictions of South America are vivid and his knowledge of the people and culture are second to none you can feel the passion he has for history and land and it's people I loved this book and I am looking forward to reading his other works A GoodReads FirstReads Winner Can't wait to receive my copy While Macuarrie travels north to south through this book with a handy map included each chapter is an individual story basically an essay focusing on a particular historical figure event etc from that area that he has researched in his many trips through the region Pablo Escobar Colombian drug lord and all around nasty guy Charles Darwin Abimael Guzman leader of the Shining Path guerrilla group Juanita a mummified Incan human sacrifice Thor Heyerdahl Norwegian adventurer author Che Guevara and Butch Cassidy the Sundance Kid Macuarrie does a great job of weaving history into his own travels always focusing on the humanity of his subjects Kim Mcuarrie lived in South America for several years and provides many interesting portraits of life there including the voyage of the Beagle and Charles Darwin and how at times Darwin's amateurism inhibited his work the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar drug kingpin of Medellin Colombia the strange and tragic saga of the Shining Path guerrillas in Peru and the fates of Che Guevara and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in Bolivia among others Reuired reading for those who love the Andes Kim Macuarrie's book Life and Death in the Andes provides a snapshot style narrative of different historical events in South America Each chapter consists of sections of history and Macuarrie's own experiences in the region The book covers a lot of ground geographically from Colombia to Peru to the southern tip of Chile and Argentina Topics vary significantly in scope including the hunt for Pablo Escobar and the scientific journey of Charles Darwin While I enjoyed the variety of topics the book would have benefited from a connected writing style Each chapter is very self contained without any time of overarching analysis Some of the chapters were much interesting than others I look forward to reading books about the region especially those focusing on events since the 1950s I think I was actively ignoring the subtitle because as expected the parts of this I found least interesting were those about revolutionaries and bandits I loathe police procedural What did strike my fancy was the examination of the cultures of the Incas and of the indigenous peoples of the Lake Titicaca and Cape Horn areas especially the impact the natural environment had on their ways of life The book as a whole was a bit of a hodgepodge and it would be hard to imagine a person eually engaged by all the chapters but it was generally enlightening Bonus I watched a bunch of Jeopardy episodes the other night and I knew two answers I wouldn’t have before thanks to this book 35 All and than you ever thought you wanted to know about South America and some very interesting characters in its history Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish Bravo to Kim Macuarrie for finely told stories that will leave you wanting of his writing

Life and Death in the Andes On the Trail of Bandits Heroes
  • Hardcover
  • 386 pages
  • Life and Death in the Andes On the Trail of Bandits Heroes and Revolutionaries
  • Kim MacQuarrie
  • English
  • 28 October 2016
  • 9781439168899