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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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. 

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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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