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The Third Bank of the River

Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon

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During the 2014 World Cup, an isolated Amazonian tribe emerged from the jungle on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of illegal loggers. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflames a drug war that blurs the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the vast, endangered Amazon jungle. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral territory every day to loggers and drug runners, local communities in cities such as Manaus, are plagued by intense violence due to the ongoing drug wars and entrenched corruption within the police and government. The chaos and violence echo the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first arrived in the New World.

Following doctors and soldiers, environmental activists and indigenous Olympic archers, among others, The Third Bank of the River traces development in the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla. Veteran journalist Chris Arnold grounds his story in rigorous first-hand reporting and in-depth research, revealing a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.

Customer Reviews

FANTASTIC! Informative, smooth read. LOVED IT!!

GREAT READ! I learned lots about the cultural dynamics and sociology of the Brazilian Amazon. I appreciate his objective approach in fact finding and reporting. His experiences connecting to his birth country and mother are an extra touch. I loved it and HIGHLY recommend it!

Best book on the Amazon in the past decade, one of the best narrative non-fiction books of the year

Chris Arnold lays out the politics, sociology, culture and economy of the Brazilian Amazon in an exciting, detailed and easy to read narrative. His treatment of difficult social and political issues is refreshingly evenhanded. His personal homecoming story to his country of birth is compelling and heartfelt. This is a must-read for anyone interested in Brazil or the Amazon.

The Third Bank of the River
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Anthropology
  • Published: Jun 05, 2018
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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