A captivating new book from Wade Davis - winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for 'Into the Silence' - that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future. Travellers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterful new book, the bestselling author tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet.