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

By Andrew Revkin

Publisher: Island Press/Shearwater Books, September 2004
ISBN: 1-55963-089-2
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
In this environmental classic, Andrew Revkin tells the story of the life and death of Chico Mendes, the Brazilian rubber tapper and union organizer who was gunned down in the 1980s for leading the defense of the Amazon Rain Forest against a flood tide of destruction. A stunning portrayal of the ways social justice, labor rights, and environmentalism are so often linked, this updated book is required reading for anyone wishing to understand why the Amazon is still burning and how local grass roots campaigns can reverberate globally. Now with a new foreword by the author, the book remains, as Sixty Minutes correspondent Morley Safer once raved, "a parable for all the world."
User Reviews:
justin sexton | 4/24/2006 2:15 PM
anything dealing with the conservation of rainforests is on my thumbs-up list. There really isnt enough that care about this major problem and hopefully this book will inspire
Krista Fisher | 10/12/2005 5:16 AM
"Highly recommended."--Washington Post Book World

"In a category of excellence of its own."--Nature

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