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The Ragged Edge of the World by Eugene Linden
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Though these are the stories that didn't fit into the magazine articles he wrote, Linden can't shed the journalistic-style--when he does, it is less like reading the New York Times and more engaging.

Civilization is killing the planet and erasing indigenous cultures worldwide and the places where this happens are the places Linden has traveled during his long career. The anecdotes, facts, encounters, science, and descriptions are often good. These are places--Easter Island, Antarctica, Africa--where I will never go, so, I have to read about them.

To his credit, he doesn't sugarcoat the dire straits caused by capitalism (while noting that communist countries were just as bad for the environment and indigenous peoples) and the last chapter talks honestly about extinctions, loss of nature, and cultural erasure. He offers up a conservation model that may help save the last forest and wild remnants across the planet, but this tiny ray of hope illuminates nothing when overshadowed by the "consumer culture" dominating and destroying the planet.
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