Ragged Edge of the World Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Meet

ISBN-10: 0452297745
ISBN-13: 9780452297746
Edition: 2012
Authors: Eugene Linden
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

A pioneering work of environmental journalism that vividly depicts the people, animals and landscapes on the front lines of change's inexorable march. A species nearing extinction, a tribe losing centuries of knowledge, a tract of forest facing the first incursion of humans-how can we even begin to assess the cost of losing so much of our natural and cultural legacy? For forty years, environmental journalist and author Eugene Linden has traveled to the very sites where tradition, wildlands and the various forces of modernity collide. In The Ragged Edge of the World, he takes us from pygmy forests to the Antarctic to the world's most pristine rainforest in the Congo to tell the story of the harm taking place-and the successful preservation efforts-in the world's last wild places.

Award winning journalist Eugene Linden is the author of books, articles and essays about science, technology and the environment. He has written a thought provoking, insightful book, "The Future in Plain Sight: Nine Clues to the Coming Instability" (1998). In this book, Linden presents the thesis that rapid change is eminent and evident in climate conditions, the spread of infectious disease, volatile economic conditions, loss of biodiversity and other clues. The reader is then projected to 2050 as Linden presents the consequences of this instability. Somewhat of a doomsayer, the author's vision is not a pretty one: lethal plagues, deadly famine, catastrophic storms, economic collapse and more. But in the final analysis, some small hope is offered. "Over the millennia, humanity has proved to be an artful dodger of fate, a defier of limits, a surmounter of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and a master escape artist from traps laid by nature. Only the very brave or fool hardy would assert flatly that our resourceful species has finally exhausted its bag of tricks. Still, it is very late in the game." Other books by Linden include "Apes, Men and Language" (1974), "The Alms Race: the Impact of American Voluntary Aid Abroad" (1976), "Affluence and Discontent: the Anatomy of Consumer Societies" (1979), and "Silent Partners: the Legacy of the Ape Language Experiments" (1986), a New York Times notable book. Linden has been writing for Time magazine since 1987. Some of his award winning cover stories are "Doomed" (1995) exploring endangered tigers, "Megacities" (1993), dealing with overpopulation and "The World's Last Eden" (1992) about rain forest destruction. The author is a frequent guest on radio and television shows from Firing Line to Good Morning America and a contributor to a wide range of periodicals from The Wall Street Journal to National Geographic. .

Introduction
War and Peace
Vietnam 1994
Culture Wars
An Elusive Butterfly in Borneo
New Guinea: The Godsend of Cargo
New Guinea Redux
Polynesia Lost and Found
Roads to Ruin
Rapa Nui: The Other Side of the Story
Bangui, Bayanga and Bouar
Equateur Devolving
Apes at the Brink
Travels with Jane
Listening to Pygmies
The Antipodes: The Long Reach of Humanity
Unfreezing Time
The Arctic
The Near Wild
The Wolf at the Door
Survivors
The Lost Worlds of Cuba
Midway
In the Forests It's Good to Be a Pygmy
Inner Worlds: Magic, Practical and Otherwise
Shamans, Healers and Experiences I Can't Explain
Esot�ricas
Final Thoughts
Acknowledgments
Index

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