Hecht, Susanna and Cockburn, Alexander. The Fate of The Forest: Developers, Destroyers and Defenders of the Amazon.
New York: HarperPerennial, .
Octavo, softbound, 357 pp. Near-Fine. Illus. with b&w photos. ÒWhy is the Amazon rain forest burning? How much forest is left and how can it be saved? The Fate of the Forest explores the history of the rain forest: the geological upheavals 50 million years ago, the gold fever of the siteenth-century conquiestadors, the schemes of Brazil's military dictators in the sixties and seventies and the murderous rampages of the big ranchers and their gunmen. Susanna hecht and Alexander Cockburn disclose the chilling panorama of destruction: the extinction of flor and fauna; the poisoning of rivers; and the persecution and slaughter of Indians, rubber tappers abd settkers, They expose the real power struggels between the defenders and destroyers of the Amazon rain forest and explain in detail why trees are being felled, ruining both the land and its people while also changing the world's climate. In addition, their book sheds new light on the death of Chico Mendes...Ó