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The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon

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A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon--as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politicians

Following doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Picador USA
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Brent
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers, particularly those interested in the Amazon watershed and Brazil
Recommended to Brent by: Picador USA
Arnold, adopted as a child from Brazil, returns as a journalist, and captures much cultural conflict, crime, and ferment in clear journalism and memoir. Many stories intertwine: gang wars, the death of cultures including the Yanomamo, political history, and Arnold's personal life.
Highly recommended.
Lou
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You just can’t make these things up, the whole terribleness within, the corruption, the crimes, this narrative, truth things that past and still go on upon this earth.

Reporting with plenty of heart and passion with clarity in writing.

He went in deep sometimes crossing the thin line between life and death, he returned to his first home, in search of a world he wants to understand of the cause and effect of certain events, conditions of people and histories.

Terrible fate of humans in this narrativ
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Oona
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific combination of reportage and roots narrative. An up-to-date look at the world of LOST CITY OF Z.
Kim Bakos
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I wanted to read this since everyone knows how important the Amazon is to the whole planet. You can't be a parent and not know "the Amazon is the lungs of Earth". But like many educational books, it is one that I learned from but didn't really enjoy.
There wasn't any focus on why the Amazon is important - the flora and fauna, the water itself, etc... I was hoping to learn more about that. Instead, was was about who is struggling for the power of the area. The politics and drugs were of little int
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Mehdi Okasi
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book! It’s not only a vivid and urgent history of Brazil and it’s progress into the 21st century, but it’s told with a voice at once intimate and searching, which made this reader feel the author’s lived and carefully researched experience. This is story of homecoming wherein the author understands completely the luck that afforded him the opportunity to tell this story in the first place. But his personal story never overshadows the sweeping story of the Brazilian Amazon and t ...more
Jay
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Written by my son's college friend. He covered several different aspects of Brazil; many of which will discourage you from wanting to visit. The author had more nerves than the average tourist. Think I would rather go back to visit my college experience in Buenos Aires, but Rio Grande do Sul would be OK, too.
RedandGonzo
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arnold seamlessly weaves his experiences with history of the people and cultures of Brazil. I didn’t expect to learn so much about Brazil, and I was captivated from beginning to end.

Arnold’s writing is invigorating and beautifully crafted, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Matt
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome job weaving journalism and personal experiences into something educational, pleasurably readable, and relevant all at the same time.
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Chris Feliciano Arnold has written essays and journalism for The Atlantic, Harper's, Foreign Policy, Outside, Vice News, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Folha de S. Paulo, Salon, McSweeney's, The Millions and more. His fiction has been published in Playboy, The Kenyon Review, Ecotone and other magazines. His work has been noted in The Best Americ ...more
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