A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon--as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politiciansFollowing doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. Grounded in rigorous firsthand reporting and in-depth research, Chris Feliciano Arnold reveals a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.During the 2014 world cup, an isolated Amazon tribe emerged from the rain forest on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of loggers who wanted their land. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflame a drug war that has blurred the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the world's largest river. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral culture and territory to the lure and threat of the outside world, the question arises of how best to save isolated tribes: Keep them away from the modern world or make contact in an effort to save them from extinction? As Brazil looks to be a world leader in the twenty-first century, this magnificent and vast region is mired in chaos and violence that echoes the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first traveled its waters....
|Title||:||The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Download » The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon|
The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon Reviews
I so enjoyed this book! It’s not only a vivid and urgent history of Brazil and it’s progress into the 21st century, but it’s told with a voice at once intimate and searching, which made this reader feel the author’s lived and carefully researched experience. This is story of homecoming wherein the author understands completely the luck that afforded him the opportunity to tell this story in the first place. But his personal story never overshadows the sweeping story of the Brazilian Amazon and t ...more
Arnold seamlessly weaves his experiences with history of the people and cultures of Brazil. I didn’t expect to learn so much about Brazil, and I was captivated from beginning to end.
Arnold’s writing is invigorating and beautifully crafted, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone.