Carrollton, Georgia: Nelson Vaughn Publications, 2006.
First Edition. Paperback. 9" X 6". 181pp. Moderate wear to pictorial wraps, with creasing to front cover, edgewear, and bumping to corners. Binding is firm and sound. Occasionally dog-earring to pages, else clean and unmarked. A solid copy of this memoir of Nelson Vaughn and his father's doomed expedition along the Araguaia River in Brazil when he was only eighteen. The journey, intended to last four to six weeks, lasted six months and left "an indelible mark" on the author, who, separated from his father in the jungle, spent an additional three months on a salvage tug boat working his way back to the United States. The author's father, John Arthur Vaughn, who had been developing special techinical training for the Brazilian Army up until the expedition, wrote his own memoir of the ill-fated journey, Canga, published in 1956 by Prentice-Hall, but neglected to include soem of the more harrowing moments in the expedition: "My purpose herein is to disclose the rest of those experiences and by so doing, more accurately reveal what a giant of a man he was," playing "a powerful role in our survival" (Preface). Good. Item #3371