Hidden wars in the world's largest forest.
In the summer of 2014, as the World Cup brought festivities and heartbreak to Brazil, an isolated tribe emerged from hiding on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of illegal loggers. A year later, in the capital of Brazil's Amazonas state, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflamed a drug war that blurs the line between cops and kingpins. Together, these events reveal the chaos and violence of the vast Amazon Basin, echoing the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla. Following doctors and soldiers, environmental activists and indigenous Olympic archers, among others, The Third Bank of the River maps the human territory of one of the world's last great frontiers—and a critical battleground for human rights and the future of our planet. Grounded in rigorous first-hand reporting and in-depth research, this is a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.