Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - History - 431 pages
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Thought to be the last "virgin" people, the Yanomami were considered the most savage and warlike tribe on earth, as well as one of the most remote, secreted in the jungles and highlands of the Venezuelan and Brazilian rainforest. Preeminent anthropologists like Napoleon Chagnon and Jacques Lizot founded their careers in the 1960s by "discovering" the Yanomami's ferocious warfare and sexual competition. Their research is now examined in painstaking detail by Patrick Tierney, whose book has prompted the American Anthropological Association to launch a major investigation into the charges, and has ignited the academic world like no other book in recent years. The most important book on anthropology in decades, Darkness in El Dorado will be a work to be reckoned with by a new generation of students the world over. A National Book Award finalist; a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year. 16 pages of b/w photographs. "In many respects, the most important book ever written about the Yanomami...."-Leslie Sponsel, University of Hawaii "An astonishing tale of scientific vainglory and blinding pride....Subtly argued and powerfully written."-The National Book Award Foundation Judges' Citation "[A] tale of self-interested agendas carried to such extremes as to seem an anthropological Heart of Darkness."-Los Angeles Times "Best Books of 2000" "[W]ill become a classic in anthropological literature, sparking countless debates."-The New York Times Book Review, John Horgan "Its most immediate effect may be to provoke a needed dialogue on the crucial importance of informed consent in anthropology."-The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban "An enthralling and well-researched look at the unscrupulous practices of anthropology and journalism."-Booklist, Vanessa Bush "Copiously annotated and well documented... the culmination of a decade-long study of what Tierney claims is false science."-Publishers Weekly starred review "Nowhere is there a better case study of the effects of intervention on tribal peoples..."-Christian Science Monitor "[A] brilliant and shocking book....This book should shake anthropology to its very foundations."-Terrence Collins, Carnegie Mellon University "An extremely important contribution."-John Frechione, University of Pittsburgh "[C]arefully researched and documented...reveals an interlocking series of scandals that constitute the most flagrant violations of scientific ethics..."-Terrence Turner, Carnegie Mellon University "[A] devastatingly truthful story of massive genocide in contemporary times."-Chief Wilma Mankiller, Board Member, The Ford Foundation "The case of Napoleon Chagnon, as harrowingly documented by Patrick Tierney, appears to be an archetypal and unbelievably appalling one."-Alex Shoumatoff, author of The Rivers Amazon, and The World is Burning

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The latest salvo in the academic mudslinging concerning the study of Yanomami Indians is fired by self-described advocate Tierney (The Last Tribes of El Dorado: The Gold Wars in the Amazon Rain Forest ... Read full review

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I love this book but it's taking me FOREVER to read. I'm determined to be done by Christmas and will be significantly smarter upon completion. Fancy a trip up the Amazon? Make sure your bring your Clorox, apparently we're a germy bunch! Read full review


Guns Germs and Anthropologists 19641972
Savage Encounters
At Play in the Field
The Napoleonic Wars
Atomic Indians
Filming the Feast
A Mythical Village
Warriors of the Amazon
Ravages of El Dorado 19961999
Into the Vortex
In Helenas Footsteps
Gardens of Hunger Dogs of War
Machines That Make Black Magic
Human Products and the Isotope Men
Mortality at Yanomami Villages

In Their Own Images 19721994
Erotic Indians
That Charlie
To Murder and to Multiply
A Kingdom of Their Own
The Massacre at Haximu
American Anthropological Association Statement November 15 2000
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Patrick Tierney spent eleven years researching and writing Darkness in El Dorado.

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