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Searching for El Dorado: A Journey into the South American Rainforest on the Tail of the World's Largest Gold Rush

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The real land of El Dorado, deep in the Amazon rainforest, is a far cry from the mythical city of gold: though its soil could potentially yield billions of dollars, Guyana is a nation of “gilded paupers,” one of the very poorest countries in the western hemisphere.

In this adventure-filled narrative, journalist Marc Herman takes us down a supply road in a limping cargo tru
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ebook, 272 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Vintage (first published February 18th 2003)
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Tommy
Sep 08, 2015 Tommy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting balanced look at the realities and complexities surrounding problems faced by poorer resource centered third-world countries.

This work started from the author's inquisitiveness about a gold rush in South America. He actually followed up on his questions and went to Guyana multiple times getting first hand perspectives from local people living in the remote areas, wildcat miners, large multinational mining companies, environmental NGO's, and representatives of the Guyanese gover
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Miriam
Mar 23, 2008 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was biased against Guyana from the beginning, and was only brief snapshots of the culture and country based on the author's relatively short visits. Written from an outsider's view point, he understands little of colonialism's aftermath with no attempt at a balanced view--just the bleak and the mud. It seemed that he only attempted to get to know locals who supported his view, or because of his obvious distain for the country, brought out the worst of those he did meet. In Guyanese cult ...more
Jeannie
Mar 08, 2013 Jeannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was very interesting. I learned a lot from it. The authors style was easy to read and absorb.
Elisabeth
Dec 19, 2010 Elisabeth rated it liked it
Really informative. I didnt know anything about Guyana until reading this book. ...more
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