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The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands, and Indigenous Peoples Me et Hardcover – March 17, 2011

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"Thoughtful and compelling." — National Geographic

"Linden is a well-versed guide to complex ecosystems and remote cultures. . . . His recollections are vivid." — The New Yorker

"From Borneo to sub-Saharan Africa . . . firsthand accounts by a veteran environmental journalist." — Oprah.com (18 Books to Watch)

About the Author

Eugene Linden is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Parrot’s Lament, The Future in Plain Sight, Silent Partners, and other books on animals and the environment. He has consulted for the U.S. State Department, the UN Development Program, and he is a widely traveled speaker and lecturer. In 2001, Yale University named Linden a Poynter Fellow in recognition of his writing on the environment.  He lives in Nyack, New York, and Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (March 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022519
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read most of Linden's work, and this rates with the best. Readers not familiar with the author will find this a wonderful introduction to the world of animals and wild places that Linden often writes about. The portraits of places and people on the earth's "ragged edge" are vivid and thrilling and often funny. At points, the book makes you angry, since so many of these places are being degraded, but Linden offers some good news along the way-- stories of places still remarkably pristine and beautiful. Mainly, this book makes you want to get on the road and follow Linden into the wilds. It's a terrific read.
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I once imagined myself as adventurous and thought that I would one day visit the ragged edge of the world. Now I realize that I am quite content at home with my three cats and a book which will take me there and Eugene Linden does a superb job of escorting me around various ragged edges of our planet as New Guinea, Congo, Antarctica, Peru, Borneo and Midway Island.

Linden has long been a journalist, beginning in the Vietnam war and since then specializing in environmental journalism. The Ragged Edge of the World is a series of vignettes about the places he has visited over his career. He enthralls the reader with stories of indigenous people, endangered species and their fragility and strengths in facing encroaching civilization, pollution and global warming.

Linden touches on several issues of concern in this book, one being the loss of indigenous knowledge:

"Tim mentioned a story he'd heard about the Penans, the last hunting and gathering tribe that still pursued a nomadic lifestyle in the highlands of Borneo. He explained that while those in the highlands would hunt wild boar timed to the appearance of a particular butterfly, their children away at school in the towns were already forgetting this tidbit of local knowledge. They might vaguely remember that their uncle would pay attention to this butterfly, but they couldn't say why he cared about it, or which kind of butterfly it was. While such knowledge might seem trivial, Tim noted that the relationship between the butterfly and the boar might be liked to the fruiting pattern of a rainforest tree, and such ecological connections could be invaluable to scientist trying to understand the dynamics and vulnerabilities of the local ecosystem.
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Written by a journalist who writes for Time, Smithsonian and National Geographic. If you are curious about indigenous peoples in remote parts of the world, you will love this book. And they are everywhere! So interesting to compare and contrast with modern civilizations around them. I would love to read other books by this author.
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Well written and an honest view of what is happening to other species ecosystems, which has shown has direct implications for the human species on this earth. It is perfect in length and gives the scientist perspective on what is essentially another "Collapse" but one with planet implications.
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