The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest (Google eBook)

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Island Press, Sep 30, 2004 - Nature - 344 pages
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In this reissue of the environmental classic The Burning Season, with a new introduction by the author, Andrew Revkin artfully interweaves the moving story of Chico Mendes's struggle with the broader natural and human history of the world's largest tropical rain forest. "It became clear," writes Revkin, acclaimed science reporter for The New York Times, "that the murder was a microcosm of the larger crime: the unbridled destruction of the last great reservoir of biological diversity on Earth." In his life and untimely death, Mendes forever altered the course of development in the Amazon, and he has since become a model for environmental campaigners everywhere.
  

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Andrew Revkin, lead environmental writer for the NEW YORK TIMES (and friend), tells the tragic story of Chico Mendes, who organized rubber-tappers in the Amazon and was murdered for it. Read full review

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Very well written book that took on the challenge of trying to convey in writing on how valuable the Amazon Forest is to humanity and it did a FANTASTIC job. The book also talks about how huge the ... Read full review

Contents

The Burning Season
1
Amazonia
17
Weeping Wood
39
Jungle Book
62
Coming of Age in the Rain Forest
78
Roads to Ruin
98
The Fight for the Forest
123
The Wild West
150
Into the Fire
231
The Dying Season
255
Epilogue
278
Afterword
299
Notes
305
Map of South America Brazil and the Amazon
315
The Murder Scene
316
A Resource Guide
317

Joining Forces
165
The Greening of Chico Mendes
185
An Innocent Abroad
208
Acknowledgments
320
Copyright

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Page ix - At first, the people talking about ecology were only defending the fishes, the animals, the forest, and the river. They didn't realize that human beings were in the forest — and that these humans were the real ecologists, because they couldn't live without the forest and the forest couldn't be saved without them.

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ANDREW REVKIN, a science reporter for The New York Times, has written about the global environment for two decades, covering issues from the Amazon to the North Pole. His work has garnered more than half a dozen national journalism prizes, including an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award and the inaugural $20,000 National Academies Communication Award.


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