The burning season : the murder of Chico Mendes and the fight for the Amazon rain forest

by Revkin, Andrew.

Format: Print Book 1990
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction 333.75 REVKIN
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  333.75 REVKIN
A well-researched and deftly written account of the life and times of Mendes, the Brazilian rubber tapper and grass-roots environmentalist who was murdered in 1988 by ranchers intent on their short term gain. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mendes was one of 48 rural workers and activists slain during 1988 in the western Brazilian state of Acre. He belonged to a family whose livelihood was based on extracting products from the forest--tapping rubber and gathering Brazil nuts--without harming it. But national policy for the development of the Amazon brought highways, agriculture, ranching and wholesale destruction of the environment. Landowners hired gunmen to expel rubber tappers and kill those who stood in their way. Mendes organized the tappers to preserve the forest. Revkin, science writer for Discover magazine and the Los Angeles Times , presents a richly detailed account of that conflict and Mendes's rise to prominence as an environmentalist. This portrait of lawlessness in Acre makes the American Wild West seem tame--Mendes's murderers still have not been brought to trial--but progress in safeguarding the forest has been made. Since Mendes's death, three sizable reserves, including 18 rubber estates, have become federal property on which large-scale deforestation is banned. Illustrations. Author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Mendes, Chico, -- 1944-1988.
Conservationists -- Brazil -- Biography.
Forest conservation -- Brazil.
Forest conservation -- Amazon River Region.
Deforestation -- Brazil.
Deforestation -- Amazon River Region.
Rain forests -- Brazil.
Rain forests -- Amazon River Region.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin,1990
Language English
Description 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [301]-310).
ISBN 039552394X :
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