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In the Rainforest: Report from a Strange, Beautiful, Imperiled World

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In the Rainforest takes us to Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, revealing a colorful and bizarre world where fish live on fruit, spiders prey on birds, and violets grow to the size of apple trees.

"I recommend In the Rainforest as scientific journalism at its best, and [Caufield's] book as the one to read to become informed about the tropical crisis. Caufield trav
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published July 28th 1991 by University of Chicago Press (first published December 12th 1984)
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Ryan
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nature, environment
This book had one of the best overviews of rain forest ecology I have come across that is not from a technical text. The author really summed up all the intricacies of wildlife and plant-animal interactions very well in the first few opening chapters. After that she went increasingly into human aspects, from the indigenous hunter gatherer tribes and their lifestyles to the encroachment of industrial civilization and ensuing destruction. From logging to transmigration, cattle ranching, medicines ...more
Tim
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A well-written and frequently fascinating overview of tropical rainforests in the Americas, Africa and Asia. A good companion to Tropical Nature, which focuses exclusively on the science, Caufield's book delves into the economics, politics and history of rainforests. Various chapters touch on the ability of traditional forest dwellers to live and farm in the forest and their shameful treatment by colonizers, stories of Costa Rica's Quaker dairy farmers and New Guinea's gold miners, the history o ...more
Victoria
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
This was a very informative book. I appreciated the rain forest more after this book. Alot of statistics to follow though. But a good reference book.
Margaret
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
interesting overview on all things rainforest and rainforest politics from one of RAN's board members (although written before RAN existed.) sad how little the situation has changed. ...more
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