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The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird Paperback – January 13, 2009
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Mr. Barcott has written an incredible book capturing much of the culture and spirit of Belize and its people, a gem of an introduction to the complicated country I love. I strongly recommend reading this book not just for the narrative about the dam or the eco-politics surrounding it, but also as a way of understanding the impact that technology and engineering ethics (or lack thereof) can have on a developing population with a limited or biased exposure to the facts undergirding complex technical issues. This is a narrative filled with enough double-dealing, courtroom drama, dirty tricks, quirky eccentrics, natural beauty and noble causes to keep the most jaded reader enthralled.
_The Last Flight_ is structured as a "non-fiction narrative", meaning there is a main character (Matola) following an evolving story (struggle to stop the dam) in which the reader is kept in suspense to find out what happens.Read more ›
You probably won't find Bruce Barcott's The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw in the travel book or nature guide sections of your local bookstore or of Amazon.com, but it just may be the best field guide to Belize you'll ever read.
Ostensibly the story of Sharon Matola, founder of the amazing Belize Zoo, and her campaign to defeat the Chalillo Dam on the Macal River in Western Belize and to save the nesting ground of what are believed to be the last 200 Scarlet Macaws in Belize, it's actually a 313-page crash course on Belizean culture, society and politics.
It's also the most riveting, gossipy and entertaining book on the country since Richard Timothy Conroy's 1997 memoir of British Honduras in the 1950s, Our Man in Belize.
Barcott names names. He pulls no punches. As an American writer - he's a contributing editor to Outside Magazine and the author of a book on Mount Rainier, among other things - he doesn't have to worry about making a living in Belize or raising a family there. He points to the high-level corruption that Lord Michael Ashcroft, the British-Belizean politician and entrepreneur, helped introduce in Belize and who "turned the sovereign nation of Belize into his own tax-free holding company," to the fast-buck shenanigans of the second generation of People's United Party politicians, to the seamy Dark Side of the PUP's "Minister of Everything" Ralph Fonseca, to the shrill shilling of party spokesman Norris Hall, to the fellow-traveling of the Belize Audubon Society and even to the bumbling efforts of some well-intended but barely competent Belizeans.
I've been banging around Belize for more than 17 years, but Barcott's book is full of insights I've missed or didn't understand.Read more ›
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As an animal lover and as one who wants to see rare species protected from extinction, the concept of this book appealed to me. Read more
I live in Nicaraguan which has some of the same issues and a large number of people who want to sell used cow pastures as great sites for eco-tourism lodges. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca Brown
Well-written, entertaining, informative and even heart wrenching story of Sharon, the Belize Zoo founder, and her trials and tribulations living and working in Belize. Read morePublished 10 months ago by NatD
Received and in fine shape. This is an excellent book. I lived in Belize for a time and the work Sharon does is inspiring. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jim
I loved this book. A well written book that just drew me in to it on the first page. I would definitely recommend it for all types of readers.Published 20 months ago by Ann Johnson
Sharon, an American who runs the Belize zoo, is determined to stop the creation of a dam in order to save a rich habitat that is home to some of the last Scarlet Macaw's in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Megan