The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Mee t

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Penguin, Mar 17, 2011 - Nature - 272 pages
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A pioneering work of environmental journalism that vividly depicts the people, animals and landscapes on the front lines of change's inexorable march.

A species nearing extinction, a tribe losing centuries of knowledge, a tract of forest facing the first incursion of humans-how can we even begin to assess the cost of losing so much of our natural and cultural legacy?

For forty years, environmental journalist and author Eugene Linden has traveled to the very sites where tradition, wildlands and the various forces of modernity collide. In The Ragged Edge of the World, he takes us from pygmy forests to the Antarctic to the world's most pristine rainforest in the Congo to tell the story of the harm taking place-and the successful preservation efforts-in the world's last wild places.

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User Review  - St.CroixSue - LibraryThing

Linden is a noted environmentalist writing about the remote corners of the earth (from the jungles of Vietnam to the Arctic) and the impact of modernity on the native populations. He starts out with ... Read full review

THE RAGGED EDGE OF THE WORLD: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands, and Indigenous Peoples Meet

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A veteran journalist recalls his travels through the world's dwindling wild places.Linden (The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations, 2006, etc.) has spent 30 years ... Read full review

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Eugene Linden is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Parrot’s Lament, The Future in Plain Sight, Silent Partners, and other books on animals and the environment. He has consulted for the U.S. State Department, the UN Development Program, and he is a widely traveled speaker and lecturer. In 2001, Yale University named Linden a Poynter Fellow in recognition of his writing on the environment.  He lives in Nyack, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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