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Cowell, The Decade of Destruction.

Cowell, The Decade of Destruction.

Cowell, Adrian. The Decade of Destruction. First Edition. London, Headway, Hodder & Stoughton, 1990. 22.9cm x 15.7cm. 215 pages. With photographs and maps throughout. Original Hardcover with dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Very good + condition with only minor signs of wear. A Channel Four Book.

Accompanying the television series produced by Central Independent Television, this book considers the rain forests in terms of development and the people and their environment. There is a list of dates in the development of the Brazilian Amazon and addresses for further information.

Over the last thirty years the Amazon rainforest has been torn apart. Adrian Cowell’s remarkable story of adventure, conflict, murder and enduring human courage tells of the lives of individuals struggling to make the forest their own; tribespeople who kill outsiders on sight; rubber tappers who harvest the standing forest fighting ranchers who clear it; poor farmers thrust into the forest to clear poorer land, defenceless against Indians and gunmen; well-organised mining companies systematically extracting and refining some of the richest iron deposits on earth; gold prespectors enduring a harsh nomadic exitence raiding multi-national mineral reservations in pursuit of overwhelming wealth; Indian tribes desperately trying to preserve their way of life succumbing to ‘flu and begging on the new roads; international alliances of banks, governments and business interests spreading webs of greed and land speculation.

Cowell, the award-winning film director, powerfully draws the reader into a world he has observed intimately since his first visit in the 1950s. He offers the reader a unique understanding of what is really happening today in the rainforests of Brazil. The story is of people, not trees, of local effort more than international lobbies; it is also an account of one of the most significant events in the evolution of man’s relationship with his surroundings. This is the story of how a decade of unprecedented destruction has laid the foundation for a new decade of the environment.

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Cowell-The Decade of Destruction.
Cowell-The Decade of Destruction.