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A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon. 

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.

 

Arnold has crafted a thrilling page-turner while delving into topics that often bypass Brazil’s mainstream media ...The Third Bank of the River’ ultimately stands out as an important book for Americans looking to better understand the glorious and troubled nation to their south — in all its complexity.
— The San Francisco Chronicle
Through exhaustive research and firsthand reporting, he reveals how drug lords, loggers, politicians, and tribe leaders have shaped the region, weaving together stories hundreds of years old and others he watched unfold, and explores the myriad of issues facing the people who live there.
— Men's Journal
Arnold handles all of the narrative strands expertly and shows a keen eye for detail... The reader leaves with a newfound understanding of the diversity, complexity, and corruption to be found in the modern Amazon.
— Publisher's Weekly
Passionate, complicated...a striking picture of a country on the edge.
— The Santa Barbara News-Press
An enlightening narrative that will forever change your perception of the Amazon.
— Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)
A journalistic account of the rush to develop the Amazon rainforest and its cost in human lives...[Arnold] draws much-needed attention to crime without punishment in a remote―but not invisible―part of the world.
— Kirkus Reviews
Arnold pulls few punches in this sobering account of the unfolding genocidal threat, adding another dark layer to the urgent story environmentalists are already telling about how the logging of rain forests is playing a drastically destructive role in climate change.
— Booklist
A wide-ranging panorama of this vast region in western Brazil, so full of both promise and suffering...Astonishing.
— BookPage