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Chico Mendes--a name synonymous with the battle to save the rain forest--was a Brazilian rubber tapper and homegrown environmentalist who was killed in December 1988 by ranchers intent on ravaging the jungle for short-term gain. Now an award-winning journalist has written a deeply affecting book about the life and death of this courageous, passionate man. Two 8-page photo inserts.
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Andrew Revkin has been reporting on the environment for The New York Times since 1995. His coverage of climate change won the inaugural National Academies Communication Award for print journalism.
He is also the author of The Burning Season and Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast. He lives in New York's Hudson River valley.
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.
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