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4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Book on the Amazon, September 17, 2007
This review is from: The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization (Hardcover)
The Last Forest is a well-balanced analysis and description of the current plight of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. This is the second book the authors have produced on the Amazon; their first book on the Amazon was published over twenty-five years ago, when only three percent of the forest was deforested. Currently, twenty percent of the Amazon has been deforested. Their main thesis is that the idea that the Amazon should be left alone is a fallacy, considering some ten million people live there. The book is packed with case studies of lives, cities and towns, and businesses in the Amazon, which helps one begin to grasp the political, economic, and social realities of the region, and to understand why there is no easy solution to preserving the rainforest while at the same time promoting the well-being of those who live in it. The authors do an excellent job of presenting to the reader both the international and Brazilian views of the Amazon, which are often conflicting views. In addition, a good historical background is presented in order to help understand the region today. The book is well-written, which makes for an engaging read. This a very good introduction for anyone interested in the Amazon, and should be read by anyone who will be travelling to the region.
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