From Library Journal
Scholar and field scientist Smith (geography, Univ. of Florida; The Amazon River Forest) has been studying the Amazon for more than 30 years. He describes his latest effort as a wide-reaching attempt to show lay readers the ecological importance of the Amazonian estuary, a vast "sweet sea" of fresh water that supports an amazing variety of plant, animal, and human life. As such, Smith keeps the scientific jargon to a minimum and focuses on the historical, biological, ecological, and human aspects of the estuary in a way that nonscientists will be able to understand easily. Of particular interest, and setting this book apart from the others in its field, is Smith's attention to the daily lives of the younger generation. His deft use of color photographs showing children going about their everyday activities makes this book a delight for the senses. While the lack of extensive footnotes and other similar scientific documentation rules out this book for most academic and research libraries, it is still an appropriate selection for public and high school libraries. [For more on rivers, see "Old Rivers Keep Rolling Along," p. 97.-Ed.]-Susan E. Brazer, Salisbury Univ. Lib., M.--Susan E. Brazer, Salisbury Univ. Lib., MD
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"Even though I have been an avid student of the Amazon region for thirty years, I learned a lot from reading this book.... The author does not hesitate to connect the local narrative to issues of global environmental impact. While he is careful not to be quick to see disaster at every turn, as so many environmentalists do, he makes readers fully aware and sensitive to the potential for environmental damage from unsustainable practices." (Emilio F. Moran, Rudy Professor of Anthropology and Director, Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, Indiana University)