Joe Kane is an American author of two books and is also a journalist who writes for numerous publications such as The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Esquire. He is not the Joe Kane who has reviewed various motion pictures as "The Phantom of the Movies."
Kane is best known for his book Running the Amazon (1989), a firsthand account of the only expedition ever to travel the entire 4,200-mile Amazon River from its source in Peru to the Atlantic Ocean, which took place between August 1985 and February 1986. The book is widely considered a classic of adventure literature.
In 1991, Kane traveled to Ecuador to learn about the Huaorani Indians and their struggles with international oil companies who were exploiting the Amazon with poor environmental practices such as setting off explosive charges, building new roads and oil rigs, and causing oil spills. Based on his experiences there he wrote Savages (1995).
- Running the Amazon. 1989. ISBN 0-679-72902-X - Vintage paperback re-print 1990, includes a brief afterword that provides updates on the lives of those in the book.
- Savages. 1995. ISBN 0-679-41191-7
- "Roaring through Earth’s Deepest Canyon", by Joe Kane, National Geographic January 1993.
- "Running the Amazon", by Joe Kane. Excerpts and photos from book.