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The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest

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In the rain forests of the western Amazon, writes author Andrew Revkin, the threat of violent death hangs in the air like mist after a tropical rain. It is simply a part of the ecosystem, just like the scorpions and snakes living in the leafy canopy that floats over the forest floor like a seamless green circus tent. Violent death came to Chico Mendes in the Amazon rain fo ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published September 30th 2004 by Island Press (first published June 29th 1990)
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Marc
Surprisingly fresh, 25 years later...

Revkin has masterfully assembled a huge multitude of people, economic and political forces which culminated on Chico Mendes and the rubber tapper movement in Acre Brazil during the 1980s.

Much of Brazilian history is overly academic and discordant, but this read comes life with almost deceptive simplicity at times. While it is clear the book is written in memory of Chico and the movement to preserve the rainforest the facts often speak for themselves.
Jennifer Lauren Collins
Revkin's examination of Chico Mendes is far more than the story of his murder, or even his legacy on the workers in the Amazon rain forests. By taking a broadview look at Mendes' life and work, Revkin also tells the story of a debt slavery system and its slow undermining, and how the story of the rubber tappers and workers in the Amazon began as a human rights story which only later became a question of environmental or global concern.

Chico Mendes began his fight out of his love for the people
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Rock
The story of Chico Mendes has probably one of the most inspiring and positive morals I've come across: by sticking to non-violence and finding common cause even with historically opposing interests, his goal of creating an official mechanism for sustaining the rubber tappers' lifestyle was more or less achieved. Of course, he was assassinated before it was fully carried out. But despite the positivity in the story, Revkin maintains a neutral tone throughout this book that sucks a lot of the dram ...more
Hugo
Very well written book that took on the challenge of trying to convey in writing on how valuable the Amazon Forest is to humanity and it did a FANTASTIC job.

The book also talks about how huge the destruction of the forest was in the 1980s and how the local population (notably the Rubber Tappers) organized to reduce the destruction of their home: the Amazon Forest.

The book focuses on the life and struggle of Chico Mendes, a rubber tapper leader who organized a series of well orchestrated non-viol
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Rachel
I'd initially wanted to read this book because Blake spent so much time in the Amazon translating for another rancher murder case. The topic is really interesting, but this book is SO boring. After letting it gather dust on the shelf for over a year since starting it, I finally finished it. It's unfortunate that such an interesting and compelling story can be made so boring.
Trinity School Summer Reading
Andrew Revkin, lead environmental writer for the NEW YORK TIMES (and friend), tells the tragic story of Chico Mendes, who organized rubber-tappers in the Amazon and was murdered for it.
Mike
Timely. Interesting to read while the government of Brazil implements a new law which allows farmers/ranchers to deforest more of their land.
Victoria
The story of a champion of the Amazon rainforest.
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