A well-organized, carefully researched, and fascinating study of the devastation of the Amazon rain forest; by Margolis, a Newsweek correspondent for eight years in Brazil. Margolis devotes each chapter to a consideration of a particular economic enterprise (mining, logging, ranching, farming) or social issue (migrant activity, union organization, Indian affairs, the Japanese presence), and describes how these matters are being addressed by both the Brazilian government and the environmental community at large. He provides a concise historical overview, taking the reader through the various stages of Western expansion in Brazil, grounded first in 19th-century Romanticism, then fueled by nationalist sentiments in the early 20th century, and culminating today in Brazil's quest for recognition as a global economic power. Margolis's familiarity with and love for the country serves him exceptionally well in reviewing the present-day scenario; his book's greatest strength lies in the wealth of detail realized through on-site interviews, personal anecdotes, and intimate, almost lyrical, descriptions of place. Although the tone is nonpartisan throughout—zealots on both sides of the debate are taken to task—the author's sympathies clearly lie with the innocent victims of rain-forest destruction, particularly Indians and peasants, and with the ``unsung heroes'' who are working toward the middle-ground solution of sustainable development. Homage is paid to agronomists, pharmacologists, responsible farmers, creative entrepreneurs, and, especially, the extractor/collectors— harvesters of rubber, nuts, and fruit who, under the inspired leadership of the late Chico Mendes, have induced the Brazilian government to set aside millions of forest acres for use as ``extractive reserves.'' A compelling account of the relentless incursion into one of the earth's last frontiers, and a determined call for calm and reason amidst the clamor of increasingly belligerent antagonists. (Photographs and maps—not seen.)
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)