Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

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John Hemming, an ex-director of the Royal Geographical Society, is an authority on Brazilian indigenous peoples, the Amazonian environment and the Incas. His book, Monuments of the Incas, is out now

1. BRAZILIAN ADVENTURE by Peter Fleming (NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PRESS, US$16.95) Fleming wittily demolishes the 'green hell' hyperbole in this lucid description of an expedition into Mato Grosso

2. THF ORIGINS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR by AJP Taylor (PENGUIN, 10.99 [pounds sterling]) My old history tutor's provocative version of how Europe's democracies let Hitler bluff and blunder into war

3. STOLEN CONTINENTS by Ronald Wright (OUT OF PRINT) The tragic conquest of the Americas as seen through the eyes of five initially illiterate indigenous peoples

4. CARRY ON, JEEVES by PG Wodehouse (ARROW, 7.99 [pounds sterling]) Every word in the Jeeves and Wooster books advances their hilarious plots. Cheering escapism on an expedition

5. THE NATURALIST ON THE RIVER AMAZONS by Henry Walter Bates (THE NARRATIVE PRESS, US$24. …

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