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Deep Jungle: Travel to the Heart of the Rainforest

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An award-winning journalist takes us deep into the heart of the rain forests, past and present, to explore the many wonders of one of the final frontiers of biological science, where new discoveries occur daily.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Transworld Publishers (first published 2005)
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Jul 13, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it
I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this book after picking it up at a bargain price in the sale section of a local bookstore. Pearce has produced a comprehensive introduction to the rainforests of the world, our shared histories, the many many benefits we gain from them and the disastrous (and occasionally not so disastrous) ways in which we 'manage' this fragile habitat. He gives a balanced view of rainforest management and conservation, pointing out that people need a monetary reason to ...more
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Sep 02, 2013 Glenn Myers rated it it was amazing
This book manages to be both a beautiful coffee-table book and an insightful, well-written exploration of the rainforest, taking a machete to the simplistic diagnoses we find in the popular press. Fred Pearce, environment correspondent for New Scientist, has done some proper science writing here.

So the book is full of surprises.
1. Wind back the clock a thousand years, and jungles were the home of sophisticated civilisations. This is not just true of modern-day tourist honeypots like Ankor Wat
Drew Pyke
This could easily have been a folk tale about how precious the rainforest is and how evil mankind has been to fell the trees it has since industrialisation, and in some chapters it does come across this way, but it does have a caveat. For thousands of years man has lived economic lives in tropical rainforests (i.e. extracting its resources for sustenance and bartering) so there does exist an argument for locals to profit from cocoa farming or vegetation and food that can only live in certain for ...more
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Oct 15, 2014 Mara S. rated it it was amazing
A great introduction to one of the most fascinating biomes on Earth. Mixing history, archaeology, biology, climatology, and a host of other -ologies, this book has something to pique everyone's interest.
David Miles
Mar 23, 2015 David Miles rated it really liked it
A good read, exploring the history of our ever-changing relationship with the jungle.
James Howard
Aug 09, 2011 James Howard rated it liked it
Shelves: science-factual
An interesting introduction to the jungles of the world. Although it doesn't cover any topic in depth, it's a good place to start if you haven't picked up a book in a while and are interested in the natural world.
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Fred Pearce is an English author and journalist based in London. He has been described as one of Britain's finest science writers and has reported on environment, popular science and development issues from 64 countries over the past 20 years. He specialises in global environmental issues, including water and climate change, and frequently takes heretic and counter-intuitive views - "a sceptic in ...more
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