The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest

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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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Revkin's examination of Chico Mendes is far more than the story of his murder, or even his legacy on the workers in the Amazon rain forests. By taking a broadview look at Mendes' life and work, Revkin ... Read full review

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This book truly encompassed the essence of local life in the Amazon Rainforest. The reader will be very informed as to the changes felt by locals due to
deforestation and commercialization. However, the author frequently strays from his original message and goes off in tangents that ultimately do not support his purpose. Overall, the book does explain the life and impact of Chico Mendes and others who wished to decommercialize the Amazon and sums up their importance as well as the importance of the Amazon Rainforest. 

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
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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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