Searching for El Dorado: A Journey into the South American Rainforest on the Tail of the World's Largest Gold Rush
by Marc Herman (Goodreads Author)
The search for the lost City of Gold in the Amazon basin has inspired adventurers since the days of the Spanish conquistadors and Sir Walter Raleigh. Intrigued by the cultural, economic, and environmental fallout of a five-hundred-year gold rush, journalist Marc Herman traveled to the rainforests of Guyana, where he joined up with a rowdy crew of local gold-miners as they...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 18th 2003 by Nan A. Talese
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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